It's that time of the year again, when our New Year's resolutions begin to fall away. If you are like most people, your New Year’s Resolution is something like one of these (from USA.gov): Get a better education; Get a better job; Get fit; Lose weight; Manage debt; Manage stress; Quit smoking; Reduce, reuse and recycle; Save money; Take a trip; and Volunteer to help others.
When observing these resolutions, each of them requires real change that needs to occur in order to achieve these goals. But, change, even when it is necessary is hard. That's probably why so many resolutions fail.
But, maybe there is a resolution we can make that we can keep: For this New Year, let’s be completely open to what God is going to do in our lives and our church! Yes, it’s unpredictable, not always under our control, maybe different, but if we go into the New Year expecting that God is going to do a new thing among us, and are open to what God calls us to do and be, it will be an exciting year!
We read in Isaiah, "I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the darkness and river in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18-19 (NRSV)
What new things might God do among us? What “way in the wilderness, river in the desert” might God lead us through? I get really excited thinking about it! The Christian life, led by the Spirit, is unpredictable, exciting, sometimes scary, life-giving and new.
The many stories of service of dedicated members throughout the 155 years of Zion is a great example of God’s faithfulness to this church, its members, and the evolution of new blessings that have been experienced through this community of faith. Perhaps giving us a great foretaste of God’s blessings for the year to come!
So, let’s get going living a life that is hopeful and fulfilled by breaking out of the norm to take a new step forward. For some of us, it might be amending our New Year’s resolutions to also take steps growing in our faith, bringing friends and relatives to church, maybe starting a Bible study or support group.
Resolve to let our faith help us to continue on our journey together in this New Year, following the light of Jesus Christ, and seeking the daily resolve that will help illumine our path.
With the Greatest of Hope!