january THOUGHTS FROM OUR PASTOR
As we stand at the dawn of another year, many of us will mark the occasion by making new year's resolutions. The origins of the word "January" even offer an opportunity to do some of that self-reflection as we think back on the year that was and look forward to the year that will be.
January is named after the Greek god Janus, who was considered the god of new beginnings. Janus was pictured as a two-faced god, with one face looking backwards to the past and one face looking forward to the future. The ideal of using the new year to make resolutions regarding change in behavior and attitude seems to be almost as old as time itself. We humans have always longed to improve our condition, to begin again, to start over with an aim at doing better the next time around. The goal to improve oneself is an admirable and commendable goal. As we go about this good work, I want to offer two reminders/encouragements.
First, God calls us to be lifelong learners. The Psalmist prays "Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me"
(Psalm 25:4-5). Jesus invites us to "take my yoke upon you and learn from me" (Matthew 11:29). And Paul instructs us to "encourage one another and build each other up" (1st Thessalonians 5:11). We must always strive to grow in our faith, our love, and our service to others.
And second, God loves you just as you are. Romans 5:8 reminds us that we were shown God's "great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners." Ephesians 2:4-5 echoes this sentiment: "God is so rich in mercy and loves us so much, that even though we were dead in our sins, God gave us life by raising Christ from the dead."
So by all means, make those New Year’s resolutions. Resolve again to change, improve, and move forward. Some of those resolutions could be fantastic successes. Some might be spectacular failures. And most will fall somewhere in between. But through it all, God will walk by you, dwell
within you, and remind you of your inherent worth. "Be strong and
courageous and do not fear, for God will never leave you nor forsake
you" (Deuteronomy 31:6).
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