Okay! Here we go! End of one, beginning of another. We’ve done it before… even many times before. Like a bad habit it just keeps showing up again, and we make ‘em again, set ‘em high, best of intention, intending to make it, keep to it this time. I mean it! Gonna’ do it, only we don’t! “I’m terrible!” we say! “Failed again!” we feel it! “I’m a total disappointment!” we lament! Only, it’s all a lie! You’re not terrible, a failure, nor a disappointment. You are “loved!” “Loved” with an everlasting love, year in and year out… end of one, beginning of another… loved. Jeremiah 31:3closeJeremiah 31:3 the Lord appeared to him from far away.
I have loved you with an everlasting love;
therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. (ESV)
closeJeremiah 31:3closeJeremiah 31:3 the Lord appeared to him from far away.
I have loved you with an everlasting love;
therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. (ESV)
the Lord appeared to him from far away.
I have loved you with an everlasting love;
therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. (ESV)
says it, “The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: ‘Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.’” Can I “Buddy-ize” it for you? God says to you, “I loved you last year and I still love you this year, and I’ll love you the year after that, and the one after that, and the one after that, on and on!” Even when you mess up, and fail, and miss it, and resolutions fall short, and you drop the ball, and the pressure of a new one mounts… “The LORD has appeared of old to me…” You get it? You don’t have to enter the new one with angst. You don’t have to worry about what the ahead holds. You don’t! You don’t have to fear what you don’t think you know is up! You are loved, loved, love like mad with an unimaginable love by an unconquerable God who never stops loving you. “The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.” Jeremiah 31:3closeJeremiah 31:3 the Lord appeared to him from far away.
I have loved you with an everlasting love;
therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. (ESV)
closeJeremiah 31:3closeJeremiah 31:3 the Lord appeared to him from far away.
I have loved you with an everlasting love;
therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. (ESV)
the Lord appeared to him from far away.
I have loved you with an everlasting love;
therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. (ESV)
. Tuck that one away in your last year’s baggage and carry it clear into the New Year with you. Pull it out often and be reminded. It’s one that will carry you through much. Lean into it. Rest your weight on it. Sleep on it. Wake to it. Laugh, cry, roll around in it. It fits you well, and always will, for you are loved.
And it’s not just that! Not only are you loved, as if that weren’t ginormous enough, even when our baby step lead to stumbles and falls, when resolves fail, and the mark gets missed He doesn’t kick the baby out with scrapes and scars. He makes all things new, picks us up, cleans us off, gives an “Abba, Father” pat, and sets us off again. I love Revelation 21:5closeERROR: The IP key is no longer supported. Please use your access key, the testing key 'TEST'closeERROR: The IP key is no longer supported. Please use your access key, the testing key 'TEST', “Then He (Jesus) who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’ And He said to me, ‘Write, for these words are true and faithful.’” It is “true and faithful” that we don’t have to fear failure and rejection, dismissal, and being given up on at the end of one and beginning of another. No matter what happens, He is for you, cheers you on even, like a grinning parent so euphoric with each awkward new step we take, albeit shaky… wobbly… and in all probability “new scar found” certain. So go ahead… enter a new one with a new try, make those determinations anew, set ‘em high, highest of intentions, gonna’ make it this year… pray more, Bible it more, tell others more, church more, wait on more… you name it! And don’t be afraid to wobble a bit with it! Don’t be troubled when it gets shaky! Your best “Cheerer-Oner” is… well… cheering you on, and He loves you with an everlasting love, and renews and restores as a loving “Abba, Father.” It’s gonna’ be a great new year to try new things, soar higher, do more, be more, strive for more all to His glory! “But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9close1 Corinthians 2:9 But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him”— (ESV)
close1 Corinthians 2:9close1 Corinthians 2:9 But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him”— (ESV)
But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him”— (ESV)
. So go for it, in Jesus name! Make 2018 the year when God does truly amazing things in you, and through you, and for you, and around you. Get after it! Blessing for a Full New Year! – Bro. Buddy