In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
New Year--I love the sound of that, don't you? A New Year...365 days stretching out before us....blank open spaces waiting to be filled. New Year is a time for possibility. New Year is a time for dreams. New Year brings hope--hope for new directions, hope for positive changes, hope that we can live into the person we so desire to be. New Year....
When I think about what I hope to accomplish in this New Year, there are some very definitive goals that I have in mind. However, I often find that God has a way of rearranging the goals that I make. As my family and I were watching the New Year's Eve festivities on TV, there was a countdown of the top musical performances of 2012. One of the performances was a song sung by Beyonce at a UN function. The song was titled, "I Was Here". I'm including a link to the performance if you'd like to see it. It was very moving.
As I watched the performance, I found myself thinking, this is what I want to do in my life. I want to live my life in a way that people know I was here. As I pondered on that the next couple of days, however, I found myself thinking beyond I was here. As I look around our messy, broken, hurting world the thing that I really want to do is to live in a way that shows not that I was here, but that God IS here!!
This New Year, I want to bring hope to those who are hopeless, but not from me, from the One who restores all hope. This New Year, I want to show love to others--not my frail, wavering, dependent love, but the Love that came into the world to Redeem. This New Year, I want to focus on letting God's light shine through me--through my work and my relationships and my activities and my words.
In the grand scheme of things, it doesn't matter much that I was here, but rather, that I allowed God to be here through me. I'm excited about the possibilities of this New Year. I'm excited to see where God may lead. But most of all, I am grateful that God is willing to let me go with Him.
Blessings and Peace,