It’s Survivors Friday!
Okay, I know it’s supposed to be Narcissist Friday. But maybe we can make this day something different. After all, this is the day we mark a change.
Today is a new day, a new month, a new year. Today, as they say, is the first day of the rest of your life. But I am going to take that saying and twist it a little.
The first day of the REST of your life. The rest. What would it feel like to rest? How would this year be different if you knew that you were deeply loved by the only One who truly knows you, the only One who matters?
I just read someone who said that all of our internal stress comes from fear, frustration, or resentment. And, he said, it’s our internal stress that makes us less able to handle our external stress. In other words, when trouble comes in our lives, it’s what’s inside our hearts that will make the difference.
What if you could go to bed knowing that the Lord who loves you is working on all your problems? Your finances, your health, your responsibilities, your performance, your relationships, all of it. What if you could wake up in the morning having trusted Him through the night? What if you could give Him your fear, your frustration, and your resentment? Then you would find peace and strength.
This is a new year. The calendar date really means little. We look back on a crazy year, but we look forward to many of the same struggles and stresses. Yet, maybe this new year we can trust Jesus just a little more.
Take a moment today to give thanks for what the Lord has done in your life. You have survived. In some ways, you have prospered. Thank Him.
Then take another moment to ask Him to help you trust Him more. Nothing earth-shaking, but maybe something life-changing. I believe that we can ask Him for anything we need. If we need to trust Him more, let’s ask.
Nothing fancy. Just a simple prayer:
Lord, I know you love me. Help me to trust you more.
That’s it. You can add anything you want, of course. But that little prayer might change your whole year.
2020 hindsight. What a mess! But maybe if I trust Jesus more today and in the coming days, I will see even the past crazy year differently. Maybe I will find the blessings and remember the good that came out.
I doubt that many of us would look at 2020 as a year of rest. But let’s begin in some small ways to look at 2021 that way. As long as I know Jesus has me safely in the palm of His hand, where nothing can snatch me up and hurt me, then I can rest.
So, I will begin this year with a prayer for all of you:
Lord Jesus I know you love each person who reads this.
Help each one to trust you more.
Amen. Happy New Year!