A word from our Pastor
Resolutions to Keep!
Most people make New Year resolutions. One of the top New Year resolutions is to become more physically well, and that often involves losing weight. In Hebrews 12:1b, we read, “let us lay aside every weight …that so easily besets us — that hinders us!” I have some things, not just physical pounds but also heavy issues that are weighing me down. I need to get rid of them. I need to cast them aside. But I also need to put on those at-tributes that enhance my relationships with God and others.
I resolve this new year to focus my attention on my relationships. First of all, I want to focus on my relationship with God and secondly on my relationships with my family; including our family of Christ (the church) and with my neighbors throughout the world.
I look to the scriptures for instruction and guidance. The Book of Proverbs is a collection of sayings, intended to serve as a guide for daily life.
Proverbs 3 is my favorite chapter in the Book of Proverbs. I invite each of you to read the entire chapters as you begin the new year. As you do, ask God to speak to you through these life instructions and help you resolve to incorporate them into your living and loving. Today, I want to look at the first 6 verses and share with you three resolutions:
My child, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments; for length of days and years of life and abundant welfare, they will give you. Proverbs 3:1-2
Honor God in your life by keeping the Great Commandment: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your mind.’ When questioned by the scribe, Jesus answered that this was the first commandment of all! (Mark 12:30)
Let love and faithfulness never leave you
Do not let loyalty and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good repute in the sight of God and of people. Proverbs 3:3-4
Love and faithfulness are important character qualities. Both involve actions as well as attitudes. Faithfulness is synonymous with loyalty. A loving person not only feels love; he or she also acts loyally and responsibly; caring for those in their care and keeping. Let love and faithfulness never leave you. I really like how Eugene Peterson’s the Message states this: “Earn a reputation for living well in God’s eyes and in the eyes of the people.”
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
These words are the keynotes of the chapter around which I believe all the other proverbs revolve. I remember so well a 94-year-old lady in one of my first appointment. When I first met Betty she said, “I don’t know why I am still here (living) but I know this: I am ‘to trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not to my own understanding.’ If I do that God will direct my paths.”
This is my prayer for each of you in the new year that you will, indeed, trust in the Lord with all your heart, and in doing so, you will know the peace and joy of God directing your paths.
Love in Christ, Pastor Marla