Drop Your Net
A counselor once told me, "Anger is the result of unmet expectations." Maybe that's also true for many who experienced disappointment, fear, and the stress over change this past year. 2020 - "It wasn't supposed to be this way."
But word on the street is that 2021 is going to different. It just has to be, right? I want that too, but am challenged to consider what exactly I'm hoping for and why. Hope is necessary, but hope misplaced is a recipe for disappointment. Don't depend on the influence of men, the power plays of politics, or the promises of science to make everything "better." Circumstances don't define a day - you do.
We need to start the year with new definitions of "good" and "bad." Perception is the result of where the heart and mind is rooted. You know where this is going, right? Friend, we need to feast on God's word every single day because filtering life through Him changes everything. We begin to understand that there is a bigger picture and purpose that is worth being excited about even when life is hard.
And the "even when" is worth noting - we don't have to pretend that everything is "fine" (thank God)! We can acknowledge the difficult while also practicing faith and trust in the One who uses it for good. Jesus agonized over suffering on a cross, but went willingly in obedient love for the Father. Following His example means understanding life isn't about us and requires trusting God's good will even when it doesn't look positive to the mortal eye (Phil. 2:5-13).
If we're hoping for better, it can only be guaranteed if 2021 is a year we seek God first. Oswald Chambers said it well when he wrote, "Our heavenly Father knows our circumstances, and if we will stay focused on Him, instead of our circumstances, we will grow spiritually— just as “the lilies of the field" [Matt. 6:28].
Let go of expectations from the human dictionary of "good." True satisfaction will only come through Christ and the radical transformation of the mind He gives (Romans 12:2). "Get used to different" (The Chosen" TV show theme).
A good year is one in which we drop our nets to follow Jesus.
Have a Happy New Year!
Challenge: This year was hard, but it wasn't all bad (no, really). List 12 blessings of 2020 (one for each month) and then thank God for giving them to you.