Friday, January 27, 2017

Hold Tightly.

Alright, people. We are nearing the end of January. Check-in time. How’s your year going so far? Amazing? Keeping all those resolutions? WOW. Color me impressed!

Oh, wait? I hear the rest of you…not so amazing? A little rougher than you thought?

I don’t know about you, but I tend to start the year on fire—full of energy, full of gumption! Here I come, 2017! You better watch out for me!

Aaaaand then a couple of weeks in I find myself licking my wounds a bit and feeling like hiding rather than advancing. There can be so many reasons for this: too many goals, unachievable goals, unexpected life circumstances, charting a path for myself that wasn’t God’s path for me. I could go on. You could fill in a few blanks here yourself, I’m sure.

But, God, because He is so, so good, inevitably draws me back to Himself. He knows me. He sees me. And He sees when I get discouraged because my hope has been in myself. He knows I’m discouraged precisely because I was never intended to hope in myself. I was always intended to hope in Him. Whether that hope is for a great year, or to reach my goals, or to overcome hard areas, or to walk in freedom—He is the X factor. He’s the One that gives me strength to do any of these things.

I love this passage from Hebrews:

“Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep His promise.” -Hebrews 10:23

The Message Bible says it pretty great: 

“Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps His word.”

Sometimes I take on wrong responsibility and it flat wears me out. Taking on the responsibility of keeping myself going exhausts me because I am not the life giver to my own life. He is the only Life Giver. And He has given me promise after promise in His Word to keep me going. Keep me looking to Him. And I can trust those promises because He always keeps His Word. He can be trusted.

“Hold tightly without wavering”… “keep a firm grip”…these are my new and improved 2017 goals.

I hope you achieve every single one of your goals this year. I hope all your dreams come true. I hope you grow and learn and become the greatest you that you can be. I hope God surpasses your wildest imagination in all that He does for you in 2017!

And I hope, hope, hope for you, and for me, that we will hold tightly without wavering to God and all the true and trustworthy promises He gives us in His Word. Because then we are connected to the Life Source who helps us actually achieve all those dreams in our heart.

Have a great week!