Focus on the positive this new year 2019
What can we expect to happen in the new year 2019? Some people make plans. They plan to lose weight, start an exercise routine, save money, read a book, or memorize Scripture. These plans are positive ways to better and improve our lives.
Other people worry about the future. They focus on things that might happen to them or events that might have a negative impact on their lives. Will there be a hurricane? Will the economy take a downturn? Who will win the next election? Will there be more mass shootings, terrorist attacks, or gang violence? Will there be an escalation of hostilities with foreign enemies or new, unforeseen armed conflicts? The list of potential threats is a long one.
What will occupy your thoughts this year? Let me suggest that we try to keep it positive. Jesus said,
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? . . . But seek first [God's] kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own (Matthew 6:25, 33-34) .1
These verses tell us not to be concerned about things we can't really change. What we should focus on is living for God. The Apostle Paul gives similar advice when he says:
Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things (Philippians 4:8) .2
As we go into the new year 2019, try to focus on positive things. Don't allow the cares of this world to rob you of the joy that comes from God when we seek him.
Trying to keep it positive as I seek the Lord in 2019,
Pastor Steve Lorenz
December 30, 2018
1Matthew 6:25, 33-34; THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. All other references to the Bible are from the NIV.
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