What I declare matters a lot… How I respond to life matters more!

I am not sure what this New Year will bring to my life and my family.  If last year is any indication I will laugh a lot, cry some, pray less than I feel I should but pray none the less.  I will grow in some areas of my life and in others I will repeat sins.  I will keep promises I have made and break promises I have made.  I will disappoint myself and others and delight myself and others.

If last year is any indication there will be some people mad at me and some people will thank me and others will ignore me.  I will struggle with some real issues and lose and struggle with some real issues and win and in the end… realize that sometimes the victory is that in a year I will have matured even if I did not win every battle.

I will need to apologize to some people and some people will need to apologize to me, this is the cost of choosing to live in close relationships with others.  I will see some dreams come true and other not get off the runway.  I am sure I will assign blame in wrong places and I hope take responsibility when I do and I will get blamed for things that I did not do.

My family will change this year, life and growing kids has a way of making this happen.  I will change this year, I really want to live maturely in 2011.  Change will happen around me in 2011 and some of it will be the doorway to an amazing adventure and some of it will leave a scratch on my heart… sometime it will be the same change doing both.

On January 1, 2011 here is what I know!

  • The God I worship and love will not change!  He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
  • His Grace is enough!  Life will not take me where His grace cannot keep me.
  • I will not thrive apart from His Spirit, His word, vibrant prayer and His people.  His plan, not mine!
  • My attitude will determine every part of my journey and God has made me a steward of this attitude!
  • My family will be strong!
  • I am blessed beyond my ability to know, no matter what!  Joy is mine.

Psalm 62 is a great Psalm and I am claiming it for 2011

1 My soul waits in silence for God only; From Him is my salvation. 2He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken.

In these sentences are some pretty amazing statements.  They are clear declarations from the heart of the writer.  This is what my soul will do – Find rest in God alone.  This is why my soul will do this – He only is my rock, salvation, fortress and this is the only unshakable life.

Interestingly enough this sounds like a January 1 kind of spiritual resolution!  This is what I will do and this is why I will do it… HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The next few sentences of the Psalm could be summed up in a couple of phrases.  “Life Happens” or “January 2” or “Now What?” or for you more colorful people… “Crap!” Go ahead and read it, I am not kidding.  Here is a truth I am learning.

What I declare matters a lot, how I respond to life matters more.

The writer of this Psalm already knew this, so if it seems wise, it aint from me.  He writes these words.

5My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. 6He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken…

Hey, wait a minute, didn’t I just read that?  No it is from the same Psalm but has a few differences.  First the tone. The first phrase from Psalm 62 was a declaration and the second phrase just above is a command. One says, “My soul will wait for God only”… the other says… “Hey Soul, you better wait for God only.”

The writer of the Psalm is giving us insight into his response to life.  He commands his soul not to drift, no matter what!  I think I might need this command in 2011.

Another difference is the subtraction of the word “greatly” from the first phrase to the second.  The writer says in the first statement, this is my plan, my declaration and I don’t think too much can shake me from it.  In the seconds statement he says…   No matter what comes I will command my soul to wait and “I will not be shaken.”   2011, I don’t know what you are up to.  Jesus, I know I can trust you!  Leonard, what you declare this year matters a lot, how you respond to life matters more!  Off… we go now.

~ by OFF we go now on December 31, 2010.

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