I’ll be honest, I’ve never understood the hype around the New Year’s Eve celebration. Hence the reason I went to bed at 10:30 on NYE. But this year I’ve been asked to look at the new year differently first with a devotion from The Upper Room and then our sermon at church.
LOVING GOD, journey with me this year
so that I may feel your presence,
abide in your forgiveness, grow in your strength,
and dwell in your love.
Give me an open heart,
an open mind,
and open eyes
so that I may sing your praise
and follow your path always and everywhere. Amen.
– Larry James Peacock
This prayer sums it up so well for me. How different would my year look if I fervently pursued God in everything I did and glorified him through all of my actions? I can tell you without a doubt that my family would notice! And I pray that others would see a change as well.
One specific resolution I want to make this year is to eliminate all the favoritism in my life. This was the subject of our sermon this Sunday and I have to say I had never thought about it before. Favoritism, I think of a teacher showing more interest in one student over another. But really favoritism can also be described as discrimination, judgement, and prejudice. Whoa, convict me now because I am guilty of all these things every day. Without even realizing it I know I place more worth on people that I feel deserve it. But who am I to decide the worth of a person? Especially a person that Jesus died for. All I am called to do is love…everyone. Again, how different would my year look if I eliminated favoritism from my life? Much different.
So will this year be different for me? I sure hope so. I know that I will fail, probably everyday, but thankfully I have a God who sees my heart and a Savior who died to make that heart pure.