Happy New Year friends! As I look to the wonder of 2019, I am reminded of the old tradition of new years resolutions. Resolutions never did much for me because often after a few weeks I would make a different decision, and found that throughout the year I was constantly changing my mind on what I was doing. In light of that, I would like to invite you not to make resolutions set in stone, rather invite you into a season of experimentation and choice. It’s okay to try new thing, and it’s okay to decide to do something else.
This month we will focus on our time on what it is to make choices. We always have a choice in what we do, and how we approach life. Proverbs 16:9 says, “We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it. It pays to take life seriously.” We make our choices, we plan our lives, and whatever decision we choose to make, God is with us helping us to live out lives.
God always gives us choice. There may be times our lives that things happen outside of our choice, but the ways we choose to live through it is up to us. So let’s exercise our choices this year. Let’s experiment together with what it means to make make choices in our lives.
God, as we begin this new year, empower us to live our lives in ways that do not hinder us. Help us to be bold in our decisions, trust our inner voice, and know that whatever we do you are with us. Amen.