where to find hope for your 2016 & a different kind of list

Sage advise to enter the New Year?  

For wherever in this world you're heading?  

I’ve bookmarked blog posts, pinned pithy sayings, underlined, circled, starred and drawn arrows to well-worn pages in favorite books and devotionals.  I’m finding it everywhere.

Then this …

But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:
    The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    His mercies never come to an end;
    they are new every morning;
    great is Your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in Him.”
*Lamentations 3:21-24. (ESV
 

When I look back. And remember:

    what I said I would do in 2015.

    What I actually did in 2015.

    How quickly my great ideas fizzled.

    How slowly I embraced His plans.

    How often I embraced lies about my identity

    How less-often I believed who I am in Christ.

    How many things moved from “to do list”, -to- “to do list”, -to- “still to do list”.

    How often I considered myself first, rather than others.

    How infrequently I pursued God first. 

    How rarely I stepped onto that elliptical.

    How often I enjoyed another cookie.

    How much I whined.

    How little I worshipped.

    How little I gave.

    How much I kept.

“I remember my affliction and my wanderings,… my soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me.”  Lamentations 3:19-20

Do you get stuck remembering how you’ve wandered?  Away from goals and ideas and ideals?  Too many “shouldas” badgering your bent-low soul?

You’re not alone.  

Jeremiah penned where we find our souls drawn at times;  into a gravitational recollection of how we failed.  How we wandered and ceased.  Ceased moving forward or being who we’re called to be.  

We start by focusing inward and then our eyes see failure - to - failure - to - ceasing - to - faithlessness and the turning is like a drain.  Draining hope.  Emptying resolve to try again.  It’s enough to make us dizzy, all this turning of shortcomings, around and around in our minds.  And perspective is skewed with dizzy, spinning hearts.

But the wisest words for this New Year for me, (maybe you too?), words to stop the drain, the emptying, the dizzy, self-absorbed perspective, are words worth repeating:

    “But THIS I call to mind, and THEREFORE I have hope:
    The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    His mercies never come to an end;
    they are new every morning;
    great is Your faithfulness.

definitions that make it powerful:

mercy |ˈmərsē|  noun (pl. mercies)
compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one's power to punish or harm.
faithful |ˈfāTHfəl|  adjective
loyal, constant, and steadfast
steadfast |ˈstedˌfast|  adjective
resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering

 

God is everything that I am not.

He is faithful.

He never ceases.

He is steadfast.

His mercy to my failings is available and new, every single day. 

Every single new day.

    “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
    “therefore I will hope in Him.”

He is my “portion”;  MY allotment.  MY possession.  MY inheritance.

Fresh starts and new beginnings focused on HIM will not drain and disappoint.

They are hopeful.  Hope-filled.  

 

Maybe I won’t make any ‘resolutions’ list this year.  

Maybe I’ll make a different kind of list.  

A list of Him.

A list of Who God is.

A list of what He is.

A list to call to mind, over and over, a spinning and turning that lifts, rather than drains.

 

 

Won’t you consider joining me?

You could add words in the comments below.

Happiest of New Years to you friends.  

- robin