I open a new journal. The first blank page bound in a book of the unrecorded and undiscovered for 2013. A book to be read by me.
God’s mercies are splashed over every sheet already.
This past year has been a difficult one. Storms and sorrows, deficits and uncertainty. It’s easy to become anxious as we face the unknown. So, I read through old journals, discolored with time, reminding me of what I do know . . . God’s mercies are new every day, every year. His holy eye is watching over front to finish.
I’m not one for resolutions. Instead, I declare an intention . . . to remember this one truth when the entries in my journal don’t match my expectations . . . the eyes of the Lord your God are always on it, from the beginning even to the end of the year. Deuteronomy 11:12
One of the great American revivalists of the last three centuries, Jonathan Edwards, sat down at age 17 and penned 21 resolutions. By the time he reached the end of his life, he developed a mission statement for godly-living, a list of 70, using it as self-evaluation every week. The litany began with, Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God’s help, I do humbly entreat Him by His grace to enable me to keep these resolutions.
Truth is, life’s fast and I hope to get it right. No need for me to read all 70 to be perfectly blessed and challenged, so I’ll share the few riches that are not only fit for a puritan preacher living life in the 1700s, but actually suitable for you and for me . . . in 2013.
Ponder his resolves:
#5 Resolved never to lose one moment of time, but improve it the most profitable I possibly can.
#17 Resolved that I will live so as I shall wish I had done when I come to die.
#25 Resolved to examine carefully and constantly what that one thing in me is which causes me in the least to doubt the love of God, and to direct all my forces against it.
(taken from resolutions for Godly Living by Jonathan Edwards).
. . . and so, I write my first entry in my journal, beginning . . .
Great is His faithfulness. His mercies are new every morning. Lamentations 3:22
Resolved to remember.
Blessings on the year ahead, Verna