The finish of a year as another kicks-off offers an opportunity to turn the page. This is an appropriate moment to reconsider and revise personal habits, lifestyle choices, stewardship decisions, future goals, relationships and so much more. It is also a good time to put behind disappointments, failures, unforgiveness, mistakes and excuses. But, truth be known, nothing will actually change when the clock strikes twelve; I must resolve to change my ways! And I will need to do the same tomorrow, and the next day, and the next. LORD God Almighty, my record of resolve is spotty at best. So I cast the scattered debris of my own works at Your feet, knowing You Alone can finish what You have started in me. In love, You created me, by Your power You will raise me! To You be all glory forever and ever, amen!
John Bunyan’s “The Pilgrim's Progress from This World, to That Which Is to Come” is an allegory written while he was imprisoned for his Christian beliefs. Until we reach the Golden Gates of Heaven we must progress in our walk of faith here on earth. Each time I think I understand God’s ways and means He turns the diamond and new facets of His splendor emerge. For the true believer there is no spiking the ball in the end zone on this side of Glory; there is no settling down where we are in this life. Not only am I tolerant of this constantly changing status, I am genuinely thankful for it. I am being pulled toward eternal purpose that I cannot fathom but I instinctively know awaits me. So I’ll keep my shoes on until it’s over. Lord, though I struggle in Your arms, You never let me go. Keep me moving toward Your perfect will. Help me never miss a turn or stop unnecessarily. Keep me progressing toward Your perfect will.