A Humble Beginning
Romans 5:3-5 (NIV)
3 We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
4 Perseverance, character; and character, hope.
5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
For some of us, this year just flew past in the blink of an eye while for others, it may have seemed like this year has taken or is taking an eternity to end. Regardless of how you are feeling and whatever the case may be, the fact is that this year is coming to a close. I really feel that much as it is important to reflect and appreciate what the Lord has done in this past year, it is equally vital to look forward so that we are able to expect God’s move in our life for the fresh new year that is awaiting all of us. We do not want our wrongdoings and mistakes that we have been committing in this year to carry forward into the new year. Instead, we should be kicking off the new year with a fresh ledger, and a relationship with God that’s more intimate than we have ever encountered.
Before you tell me that you do not think that it is possible or that it’s just too hard and you have not got enough time, I really just want to encourage you by saying that almost every good thing has a humble beginning.
First of all, set your goals right and learn to see yourself in the position that you want to be in, in terms of your relationship with God, instead of just settling for the relationship you currently have with Him. God loves a heart that is after Him and one that constantly seeks to know His ways. So, as long as effort is being put in to building your relationship with Him, He will honor all your efforts and labor because He is the One that sees all and hears all even when others cannot. I am sure most of you know this by now but I have to reiterate: When you are trying to attain that goal you have set for yourself, facing struggles is the norm because you are trying to do something that you don’t usually do. The important thing is to never give up and to press on with your faith, because that pleases God and it is His way of refining us so that we will be able to come forth as gold after it.
If you ever feel discouraged or are on the verge of giving up, always remember that Christ Jesus’ life on earth followed a similar pattern. When He was on earth, He didn’t start off His life being born to a family of earthly kings and queens in a royal palace. Jesus was, in fact, born in a lowly manger. His life was also not what many would call ‘smooth-sailing’. Being questioned about His authority, humiliated at the Cross, being betrayed by His disciple were among some of the hardships He had to deal with. Yet, with all that being said, He followed every single instruction He received from His Father despite the fact that He knew it was all going to happen to Him should He choose this path.
Therefore, today, it is my prayer for you that you learn to emulate our Lord Jesus Christ in everything you do. Though we may or may not know what lies ahead, we will choose to face whatever struggles or hardships we have head-on, being fully aware that we have an All Powerful, Almighty God who is for us and is going to bring us through our circumstances so that we will have an awesome year ahead, and in the many years to come. God doesn’t care about where you’ve been, what you’ve done or how you’ve fallen. What He does care about is making all things new for you and giving you that humble beginning you need to start fresh with Him. So seize what He has given you, cherish it, and keep working at it so that you can expect God’s mighty move in your life this coming new year.
“Dear Heavenly Father, Even as this year comes to an end soon, I just want to thank You for seeing me through all the obstacles I have faced so far that have strengthened me and caused me to witness Your faithfulness. Father, I pray that with the coming of the new year, I will continue to remain grateful for Your love for me and to never take it for granted. May I see the new year as a new beginning You have given me and an opportunity to fix anything that is not right in Your eyes. I commit to put in more effort to developing a deeper relationship with You so that I can better know Your ways and be more and more like Jesus with every passing day. Thank You for all the wonderful works You are about to do in me and through me, and in Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.”