As a closing to 2013 I wanted to share the thoughts of a good friend of mine, John T. Bushling. John faithfully produces a weekly devotional along with an invitation to join him and others around our world to pray.
The bright spot of Monday morning is to open my inbox to find another edition of “Good Monday.” Often, John has just the right word for that week and I am grateful to receive this encouraging thought. In his last email for the year of 2013 John challenged us to look forward to 2014 and beyond and to do so with the heart of a difference maker. Today on the last day of 2013 I wanted to share his thoughts with my friends and hope that it will stir faith in your hearts to “affect the history of this moment.”
Let me introduce you to John . . .
End of the month, end of the quarter, end of the year…in less than two days all of 2013 will be history. You can’t change history. You can affect the history of this moment; an unwritten history is basically out of our control except…
We CAN commit our ways, our next moment, our tomorrows … 2014 and beyond to the Lord. I don’t trust my decision making to myself alone. God spans both ends of eternity and He sees beyond our understanding. I trust Him.
Psalm 37:5a – Commit your way to the Lord; (NIV)
Proverbs 3:5,6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (NIV)
Almighty God, Nothing escapes Your understanding or notice. You can affect our times for Your purpose. Help us Father, to commit our times, our family, our business, our ways to You. Help us to trust in You alone. Thank You for being mindful of us. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Thanking the Lord for your year past and the year ahead. Praying our God’s blessing on you and your family.
John T Bushling
Here is to looking ahead to 2014 and beyond with a willingness to commit the next moment and tomorrows that follow to God so we can affect the next moment… not so much to be history makers but rather as history writers. We may not become great in the eyes of our world and change everything that is in need of changing. Such empty words need not follow us into 2014. What we can do is impact the moment in which we experience life together with the love and grace of God as we change the course of that day for those around us.
Enjoy the moments that come your way in 2014.
Happy New Year!
*All scriptures are from the New International Version – 1984 edition of the Bible, Zondervan Publishing Company
*Good Monday used by permission, John T. Bushling
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