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!
“Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd,” Exodus 23:2NIV. Geese fly in formation so they can draft off each other to make flying easier. People do the same. We have a natural tendency to simply follow the herd; it is easier to go with the flow of whatever is popular, faddish or commonly admired. The steep price of a drift-along-lifestyle is the failure to find your divinely created purpose. We are carefully knitted together by the Creator for His specific calling for each of us. We can never rise to God’s best by going along with the crowd. I must continually find that sweet spot of being WITH the crowd but not OF the crowd. Lord, protect me from wandering aimlessly and help me keep my pace in cadence with Yours. Teach me to be comfortable in the gaggle but to be willing to fly at the front of the formation.