"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:1-2
It's that time again! As the old year passes away and the new year looms ahead I think on my new word for the 2021 year. I reflected back on this year (and boy what a year it has been) and thought on my word for 2020 (see post; Vision 2020.) My prayer was for our vision to be clear and on Christ. I have to say I have had much more time to sit and be with my Jesus. I have read more and pondered more and was able to have plenty of time to write than I thought possible, but I'm going to be honest here and say I've struggled to throw open my blinds and live free, sharing Christ's light with the world when I hardly get out into it.
If I were to point out the bright spots I can say I have deepened my desire to be a true prayer warrior and successfully accomplished that each morning and throughout my day. I have spent some good, quality time with my parents each week (which was as much for me as it was for them.) Even though Dana and I have closed ourselves off from the world quite a bit we are enjoying reading scripture together more regularly and watching church services online across the country.
I feel that God is preparing His people for something big. He is readying us for what is ahead, whether it be in the coming year or in years to come. Many words have come to me over the past fews weeks that I thought were good ones for the new year, but as I sat down to write only One came to mind that summed up all the words I had floating around in my head and that is JESUS.
The first words I was considering were abide, joy, contentment, peace but then He whispered, "What about Me?" I quickly responded, "Why not You?" What more perfect Word could I have than to have it all in Him? He is the One I abide with to receive true joy, contentment and peace.
My eyes mist over to think that in this next year JESUS is all that matters, He is all that ever mattered. He is all that matters this year or the year before or whenever and wherever and forever. I will keep my eyes on Him. I will rejoice in Him whatever 2021 brings. I will be strengthened and secured by Him.
In the words of Jeremy Camp's song..."you can have all this world, just give me Jesus."
I love you & He loves you more!
Lord, You are the Author and Finisher of my faith. You are the reason I have breath in my lungs. You give me strength when I have none. I rest in You, Jesus. Bless 2021 and may I keep my eyes and thoughts on You. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Happy New Year!