Dear Sacred Heart Family,
Happy New Year!
This, of course, is the time of year for resolutions. Resolutions are typically all about things that we plan on doing this year to be better people- lose weight, have more patience, exercise regularly, forgive those who have wronged us, and love more. But, the first step in faith is always to receive what God gives- every act of faith is always a response to love and grace given. So, our first resolution on a spiritual level shouldn’t be to do anything. Rather it is to ahead of time for all this year will hold to say Yes to God and His plan. We want to say Yes now before whatever has not happened yet, happens. (I know that that is a mouthful of a sentence but I think it makes sense!) It is a beautiful act of faith- saying: Jesus you are loving, you are faithful, you promise we never walk alone. No matter what happens that doesn’t change.
On a spiritual side then, that means a couple of things….
Let the first act of the New year be Surrender. I don’t have the slightest clue as to what will happen to me in this new Year. So ahead of time I want to tell Jesus- “I am open to what this year holds. With your grace I will try not to complain too much when something happens that I’m not ready for or expecting. If difficulties arise help me remember when the time comes that you are still with me.”
Look to see if you put limits on God. I have discovered that I often put caveats on what God can or cannot do, what He can or cannot allow to happen. This means that while I say that I am willing to pick up the cross and follow after Jesus there are times, I don’t want to even touch the cross. When it does come, I am tempted to simply throw it away and tell Jesus that this is not what I had in mind when I said I would follow you. Lord please remove these limits I place on you.
The reality is that this coming year will holds many things, both good and bad. Like Job I want to be able to enter into this year and say regardless of what happens: “The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD!”
After taking this first step there are other spiritual resolutions we can and should try to make. As we work through January, I will continue this theme.