Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord.amentations 3:40
As we start a new year, many decisions are made (at least for the moment) to lose weight, to be more active, start a new hobby, learn a new language, start a new career – what would you add to the list? Self-improvement is worthwhile, but those benefits are temporary.
In the verse above Jeremiah, reminds us to take a closer look at how we are living and put them to the test. It begins with some self-evaluation – an authentic, difficult, inventory of our lives. What is the condition of our relationship with God, our family, the people we work with, and our friends? What about the choices we make? A thorough evaluation will consider everything. Everything.
Last week I read a note a friend composed about his wife’s dedication to time with God and specifically prayer. He wrote of her list, a very specific list, with names and needs, and how she faithfully begins her day this way.
His words reminded me of my Dad’s faithfulness in the same way. I remember seeing my name along with others on Dad’s prayer list on the day he died. He didn’t know I would see that list that day. It was just another day of faithfulness for him and one I hope to emulate in the days and weeks and months ahead.
And now I am reminded of the words of a Keith Green song – Until that Final Day –
My flesh is tired of seeking God
But on my knees I’ll stay
I want to be a pleasing child
Until that final day
My mind is full of many thoughts
That clutter and confuse
But standing firm, I will prevail
In faith that I’ll be used
Have a Happy New Year and make every day count!