As much as I don’t want to admit this, I’m concerned that I have a disturbing pattern in my life: leaving things half done :/
While I don’t leave everything half done, there are definitely things that I don’t finish, such as: not completing my bookshelf project, starting innumerable books but not finishing them, doing half of the ironing, writing part of a story, etc. Of course this could be very discouraging if I let myself quagmire in this awareness, but I have a fail-safe solution: God doesn’t quit!
In Philippians 1:6 it says, “He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” Be encouraged that you’re a masterpiece in the making & the Holy Spirit is continuing to shape & grow you, never quitting, getting discouraged or giving up on you! God’s not finished!
We sold our church building & we’re moving to a new building nearby. We’ve been in our old building for almost 30 years, so there are plenty of memories from those years. I’m excited for our new building & starting a new chapter!
Thinking about this new chapter, I’m reminded of Joshua leading the Israelites to possess the Promised Land. When God leads us to start a new chapter, let’s be like Joshua:
We can do it!! In Numbers 13-14, Joshua & Caleb were the can-do spies but the other 10 spies were despondent & faith-less
Keep going!! Joshua had some setbacks before conquering the Promised Land. There was disobedience & duplicity among he Israelites, but Joshua didn’t quit
Look to God!! In Joshua 10, God made time stop so that Joshua could finish a battle & defeat his enemy. God helps us possess His promises to us!
Paul on the beach saying goodbye to the Ephesian Church,
Jesus telling His disciples goodbye before the cross,
David saying goodbye to Jonathon
Goodbye’s are necessary for Hello’s. It seems to me that we often allow things that should stay in the “goodbye” compartment seep into new opportunities & sometimes undermine a new beginning. So we would be wise to take some moments to reflect on this past year & take an inventory of the things to which we need to say goodbye. Perhaps it’s time to say goodbye to some conversations that have been unhealthy. Maybe it’s time to say goodbye to some dysfunctional eating or spending habits. And maybe it’s time to say goodbye to the lies from the devil that we’ve entertained though various mental conversations.
Before we can heartily welcome 2017, let’s be certain that we’ve made the necessary goodbyes to stuff from 2016 & the past!
Feel free to pass this along to any friends or family that could find this helpful & let’s set up 2017 to be STELLAR!!
It’s good to quit sometimes. Quit trying to do everything, quit putting yourself down, quit speeding, quit being afraid of decisions or change, etc. I think that Moses wanted to quit the whole liberating thing that God talked about with him when Moses’ first conversation with Pharoah made everything MASSIVELY worse for his fellow Israelites.
After Moses talked with Pharoah, Pharoah significantly intensified the Israelites workload & it probably seemed like Moses’ efforts backfired.
When I don’t get the results I want, I definitely think about quitting. Let’s be sure that we are obeying God from a heart of loyalty in our relationship with God rather than just for the results we want. Obeying God merely for results can be manipulative & manipulation doesn’t foster trust nor intimacy with God 🙂
But my family wishes I’d quit taking their pictures ,)
I like to read lots of different things & it always seems like I have at least 1-3 books going at any given time. Along with enjoying reading, I’m probably the slowest reader born into the human race, maybe. There’s something very gratifying from turning pages, completing chapters & finishing books – good lessons to learn, observations to make, thoughts to consider.
All of which brings me to wrapping up this year to start a new year. There are some things from 2014 that need to stay in 2014. Here are some things to consider:
hurts can only remain in the past through forgiveness – turn the page
bitterness isn’t worth carrying into a new year – start a new chapter
failures belong in the past & lessons belong in the present – finish the book
God’s presence is in every moment when you think of God and when you don’t think of God
God is always helping us, whether we realize it or not
My husband was an engineer when we were first married & he schooled me on the idea of design life – everything is created with a design life (length of time for which it will be functional). This was a new idea to me when he explained it & now, I’m not as surprised when things stop working. For example, our phones have a design life of about 2years & the phone charger in my car seems to have a design life of maybe 3months :/
Thankfully, the design life of our relationship with God is eternal & infinite, a sharp contrast with everything human 🙂