To Him Who Knows to Do Good….

We are 13 days into 2015!  A fresh white blanket of snow provides a visual for the clean slate of a new year. Time to set goals, make plans, commit to resolutions, aim high, etc. etc. etc. I love a reason to celebrate, and I cannot decry the motivation some find in getting a good start in the new year. But I wonder what would happen if we put as much emphasis on consistency and completion, if our verve didn’t dissipate, if we quit taking the whole year for granted.

In James 4:13-17 we are given a sober warning about taking tomorrow for granted. These verses strongly argue for living every moment of every day in active anticipation of God, not just the first day of each new year, the first month, or even several weeks, but every day–because we simply don’t know how many days we have here on this earth. We can make plans and boast of the future, or we can humble ourselves in God’s presence making the most of every moment by doing the good we know we ought(vs. 17).

It seems like the bane of humanity that our verve, our intent, our dedication, even our “good deeds” ebb and flow. A friend wrote this  note in a Christmas card to me: “I wish every blessing that God has for you…that you would see every one of them and that not one would slip your attention, that you would know in a new and fresh way God’s love for you…” Her insight challenges me, because I see my own “ebb and flow” tied to my spiritual attention span. If I want to live life to the fullest, every moment of every day, I have to be aware. I have to choose to see God’s hand in each detail of every moment I have breath. I have to anticipate His love with a grateful heart.  The instant I quit seeing Him, my intentions wane, my expectations ebb, and the good I know I ought to do, goes undone.

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