Happy New Year Everyone! I did not anticipate writing a blog at all this week. I had originally made plans to have this first week in January be a week of clearing things out, getting things in order, and making a plan for the New Year. However, life has a funny way of moving in the opposite direction of what we plan. Honestly, I think it is God putting us back in check. Those moments when you plan, have the perfect agenda, have the outcome in your head, and then God is like, “Nah honey!” How amazing are those moments?! It is in those moments, He is able to truly take control of the situation. And, more often than not, you end up with something far better than what you expected.
This New Year started off with a number of things thrown at the hubby and I. Seriously, it was like a domino effect in our home from December 29th – January 2nd. I’m sure we have all had those times in life where you sit and think “what else could possibly happen?” Each day there was something new. A plumbing issue, the plumber not showing up…, an issue with the heat (and you know it’s cold outside!), something needed with the car, the dryer all of sudden stopped working, and so on and so on. We had hopes of one opportunity working out, only to find out that wasn’t going to work on top of everything else not working.
You see, I was so focused on what was not working that I had forgotten one of my best personality characteristics (some may say it is the most annoying) – perseverance. I was almost sucked in and about to board the “I give up” train. Then, my husband hit me with a lot today. The conversations forced me to reach back inside to find all those scriptures and motivational words that had helped me move forward in spite of any situation. Talking to him this morning helped me to renew my faith. Faith motivates perseverance. You can’t move forward and persevere in spite of the circumstances without faith.
The lessons we learn are often learned out of perseverance. If you can’t move forward in faith knowing that all will work out for the good, you are only moving in circles. What a frustrating life that can be. People who are moving only to come back to the same place they were in a year ago are constantly frustrated. We’ve all had a person in our lives who seems to repeat the same mistakes. We can see the mistakes they are making on the outside looking into their lives. I’ve been that person! We can see the lesson that God has for them plain as day! We sit back and say, “if only Sally would do this, or if Greg would only try this.” That person is missing the one thing to help them endure to the end – faith. These people know what they need to change or do, but they are lacking in faith. The can run the race, but only if they know what will happen at the end and when it will happen. That’s not faith at all! If only we could all be so fortunate to know that once I put forth all my effort into one task, it will bring forth x amount of dollars on this date in 2020.
I pray that in this New Year each of you operate in faith, and continue to persevere no matter the circumstances. Some people will ask why, some people will say your actions do not make any sense, and others will talk about you. People’s words and actions do not matter when you are operating in faith with perseverance. What matters is the purpose you know you have in God. Persevere with a fire under your feet in everything this year, knowing that by faith everything will be perfect even when things seem imperfect.