How will it turn out? Only God knows. This chapter may be drama. Perhaps it will be romance. Action adventure. Comedy. Tragedy. Mystery.
Next December, upon reflection, you will be able to describe the events of 2019 – but not now. The best you can do is throw your shoulders back, trust God, and march right in.
You see, although you don’t know anything about the upcoming months, God does – and He will be with you as you travel from mountain top to valley. Nobody knows what tomorrow holds, but we do know WHO holds tomorrow. Despite our moments of anxiety, discouragement, lonliness, or sorrow, God has promised never to leave us or forsake us.
An anonymous writer captured this idea with these inspiring words:
I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year, “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” And he replied, “Go out into the darkness and put your hand in the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
Transition from one year to the next calls us to:
1. Sober Reflection.
2. Sane Calculation.
3. Serious Resolution.
So, don’t let yourself. . .
Fret – when you’re doing the best you can.
Rush – when success depends on accuracy.
Assume – evil of someone unless you have the facts.
Judge – another person’s motives.
Belittle – others with your actions and words.
Quit – in the face of difficulty
Allow -- bitterness and resentment to remain in your heart.
Make -- excuses for not doing what should be done.
Waste – time and energy on things that don’t matter.