Many of us faced some unexpected life events this past year – some good-some not so good. Life-changing events…life-ending events. And as sure as the sun is going to come up tomorrow, we are going to face those same unknowns in this upcoming year. I think of our own family. At some point this year, we will start weaning Autumn off the diet…wow…has it really been almost 2 years? And guess what? I know that I don’t know what is going to happen. Will there be seizures? If there are, will we be able to get them back under control? Will she do just fine? What if they come back a year from now? And so on and so on with the “What abouts?” and “What ifs?”
So what to do?
“Do not fret it only leads to evildoing.” (Psalm 37:8)
Because “We know that all things work together for good to those who love God…for He who promised, is faithful to bring it to pass”(Romans 8:28 Hebrews 10:23).
“Finally Brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue – and if there is anythingpraise worthy, meditate on these things…and the peace of God will be with you.” (Phil. 4:8-10)
The true, noble, just, pure, lovely and good….think on these things – always – whether rejoicing or weeping. We are going to find ourselves in both camps this upcoming year -either in our own lives or in the lives of those around us.
“For as a man thinketh in his heart…so he is.” (Prov. 23:7)
We need to guard our hearts by staying well-nourished -on anything praiseworthy-in the mind.
May our hearts and minds be fixed on that which is true, beautiful and good so as to walk in steadfast endurance through this New Year!