So far I really like 2014. I have worked out every day this year. I have not missed any devotional times since the year started. I am on track with my budget, connected to my kids and eating healthy well-balanced meals. I have not made a major blunder that I am aware of this year. I have been a devoted and attentive husband, a supportive friend and a responsible citizen. (I recycled my Christmas tree yesterday) All in all, I have to say that 2014 has been a Banner Year, so far.
There is something very great and hopeful about new things, new cars, new jobs, new relationships, new babies and New Years. A new thing gives us permission to let go of an old thing. This is a great time of year to clean out your T-shirt drawer, your garage, and some of the mental and emotional clutter that piled up in 2013.
The things we could have done should have done and would have done if we had just been able to keep the cheese on our cracker.
What if we got another shot? What if our slate was clean, our record untarnished?
What if we got to begin again, without pulling a wagon of shame or regret from old mistakes and missed opportunities? That would be great news, something worth staying up all night to celebrate, laugh and sing about with our friends, families and neighbors, a new year, a new hope, a new chance to begin again in our life together.
It is natural and sometimes helpful to make new outward resolutions on an annual basis, but our inward renewal on a daily basis is the promise and hope of those who follow Christ. We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. All dads have clay feet. Let’s resolve to put our confidence in God’s power and not ours in 2014. Let’s enjoy the treasure we have been given as believers and as dads in 2014, one day at a time.
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Don Worcester