all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. Be strong and very
courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not
deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be
successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually.
Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in
it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command—be
strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you
go. Joshua 1:6-9
I’ll admit that I had intended on writing something entirely different earlier today. I was
attending my parents’ home church this morning when that changed.
Their pastor was speaking on planning our futures, giving that future to God and succeeding. In rereading Joshua 1, God also promises that He will not fail or abandon us (vs. 5). That was comforting.
As most of you know, I’m in the midst of many transitions myself and His promise put that last nudge on all that was holding me back to move forward. On that list being
healthy and active, find a job and move to Minneapolis, and quite possibly,
finish one of my many novels.
Time goes by very fast – even faster today than 200 years ago thanks to this new era of technology that we’ve breached. People are writing blogs (much like this one), posting to the world-wide web, selling/trading/buying online, and more. Some even have access to the new smart phones which can be used for almost anything. I went from having a handful of contacts (twenty-five or less) to over five hundred; all thanks to Facebook.
No one can stop time or control how much we have left. Each year, we find ourselves reminiscing on years gone by. Who was here a year ago? Two years ago? Life is short and it must be lived.
That being said, we must also face our past and learn to let it go so that we can move forward. I know mine is littered with dark places I haven’t visited in years and past
relationships that now lay in tatters. Motivate yourself to face those things,
forgive yourself and others and move forward.
The future is also a scary thing to think about. The term “future” brings with it thoughts and images from the last book of the Bible: Revelations – most of which are scary to think about or imagine. We must force ourselves to look past that to the glory that God will share with His followers while we continue to move forward to tomorrow. And while we do that, we must continue to focus on His Word daily and apply it to our lives.
What were your resolutions (or goals, rather) for 2011? Are you uncertain of what tomorrow may bring or what your future holds? Remember, He is with us each step of the way. He will never leave or forsake us. Hold on to that.