Sunday, January 2, 2011

Peace and Perspective in the New Year

"Seek the Lord while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near." Isaiah 55:6

2011.  It's kind of hard to believe that we are here already.  I remember all the hype and fear when the clocks rolled over to the year 2000.  My grandmother is still finding cash in jackets to this day in what she jokes was her Y2K stash. Yet, here we are; 11 years later. 
 I look forward to what 2011 holds for our family.  
Despite all my anticipation for what the New Year will hold, I find myself looking back to 2010.

 I've got 2010 in my rear view mirror.  New Year's resolutions have been stamped down, promises made, and maybe some already broken.  There are many things on my mind.  We shouldn't dwell in the past, but I think there is a time and season for healthy review.  My goal for 2011 is simple: more time with God.  I know that when I put God first, everything else follows suit.  
 When I look back at 2010 I see a lot of success and a heaping mound of failure.   I spent the first day of 2011 in the E.R. so I had a lot of time to think.  It's funny how God works out our mounds of failure for good.  Since I had a lot of time to ponder in the waiting room, I did just that...I thought about my year. There were lots of "bad me" moments.  I lost my temper a lot.  Yet, God was kind enough to increase my patience in 2010.  I got worked up over insignificant things.  Yet, God used those times to re-program my heart and show me what is really important in life.  I assure you I spent way too much time in 2010 thinking about what other people thought of me. However, God has shown me how to lay rejection down at His feet quicker than I used to be able to.  I spent a lot of unnecessary time trying to please people that cannot be pleased.  God has shown me that it's only His perspective that matters.  I have wasted a lot of time in 2010, but God has shown me how to be more balanced in the process.  I feel like 2011 will be a much more balanced year for me (with a little effort and a LOT of prayer).  

You can't get it back and neither can I. 2010 is over, but the door to 2011 is wide open.   I've pondered my year.  Now, it's time to lay it at the Maker's feet once again.   Jesus paid it all so we could be free from our sins, free from our failure, and free from guilt.   

"Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you." 
Matthew 7:7

Wishing you peace, purpose, and right perspectives in the New Year!


pgraham3 said...

Right there with ya. Spent my first three days of the new year fighting food-poisoning and ended up visiting an E.R. too. Life is fragile; let's make everyday count. 2011 here we come...

Jessica Kirkland said...

Oh Paul! That is so bad. Yes, let's make 2011 count. Your blog is looking great BTW! You might need to teach me a few things now. :) I might have to have gallbladder surgery next week. Ughgh! If I could get through 1 year without a surgery I will be pleased! Hope all is well!

lastingtransitions said...

Gallbladder surgery! Oh man, that gives me the shivers just thinking of something like that. Wow, you've had other surgeries too?!? Never knew that... however, despite this, every time that I saw you, you had a kind, gentle-hearted disposition that eminated God's presence. So despite any pain or issue you are dealing with now, it appears God is giving you the strength and courage to continue fighting and learning how to seize the day. Much fighting can lead to fatigue, but it can also develop insurmountable strength and mental toughness that many strive to attain. So I hope you realize God is making you stronger in one way or another, and that he also using you as a light to others you may not realize are observing.
As far as my blog goes, not much I can tell you about it. I just write and people continue reading and gaining interest.
Hang in there!

Jessica Kirkland said...

Thanks Paul for the words of encouragement. If I have surgery again, this will be my 6th surgery in 6 years. I am just really weary emotionally right now. But, God never wastes our pain so things will be fine. Thanks for thinking of me - you are a good friend (even a half a world away)!