This morning 2009 lies before us like an un-plowed field awaiting the farmer’s disc. It is raw and unprepared and waits to produce whatever is planted among its rows.
What will we do with 2009? Put differently, what will we be saying about 2009 a year from now? That answer depends upon what we do today and upon the plans we make for our new and unbroken field of dreams.
Probably most people want a prosperous year. 2008 has been difficult and challenges will continue into the new year. But people are hoping that by this time next year they will be better off than today. There is nothing wrong with trying to improve your state financially. But the words of the book of Proverbs: “Give me neither poverty or riches…that I be not full and deny you…or that I not be in want and steal” (Proverbs 30:8,9). Seek moderation.
Perhaps more time with your family is a goal for the coming year. O that more would build their families! Jacob’s family, torn by infighting and jealousies, was, nevertheless, a tightly woven family. What a joy to see them reunited in Egypt before the death of their aging father (Genesis 46:5-7). Families today are often torn and twisted by those same kinds of jealousies and troubles Jacob experienced. But with God’s help family healing is nigh. Is there some family member you are feeling disgusted with? Is there a brother or sister or mom or dad who has hurt you to the core? Maybe it is time to make that phone call – right now – to start the year off with a victory!
But what about your spirit? What about that part of man that will live on forever? What will be its destiny in 2009? Family and finances are certainly important but the eternal home of the soul is far more important than any thing we choose upon earth. Jesus’ admonition in the Sermon on the Mount comes to mind when the Savior said, “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness…” (Matthew 6:33). There is nothing more important, nothing that stands above our relationship to the Father and his blessed Son. Jesus makes our task even plainer when John writes, “Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life…”(John 6:27).
So for 2009, use your time to focus intently upon your walk with Jesus. Sure, there are big obstacles and challenges – time is easily lost and before we realize what has happened with are again at the end of another year. Begin now, right now, by pausing a praying to God for the strength, resilience, determination and even courage to bring your life into his purposes.
2009 can be a great year if you want it to be. So what will you do with 2009?