One of the things I love about God is that He’s big on second chances, new opportunities and new lives. It feels like some days we just make mistake after mistake, and if they’re not complete failures, they’re little things that bug us that we could have done better or fixed easily and yet we didn’t notice or didn’t try. I’ve probably said it before but I could spend days on listing my faults, and take a lot longer to come up with a list of good things, simply because we’re so used to thinking in the negative and not the positive.
But it’s something I’ve worked on over the years and have learned to give more attention to the positive and less to the negative, with a lot of effort put into avoiding or letting go of things that would depress me or drag me down so that they’re not as distracting and I have more time to focus on the positive.
If you’ve struggled through 2014 you’re probably relieved that it’s almost over. If it’s been a good year you’ve got fond memories to look back upon. But being that He is a God of second chances, I know He would rather us look towards 2015 with hope and anticipation rather than fear and dread. If you start off the year assuming it will be bad you’re setting yourself up to be miserable and discounting whatever miracles God wants to work in your life and the joy He wants to bring you. Will you join me in anticipating 2015?
“But those who die in the Lord will live; their bodies will rise again! Those who sleep in the earth will rise up and sing for joy! For your life-giving light will fall like dew on your people in the place of the dead!” Isaiah 26:19