Here is a little bread for the journey. Happy New Year!
If you’re reading this you’ve made it. What a year. I can honestly say that was the toughest obstacle course I’ve ever been on, but I’m going to finish my course.
As we closed out 2021, I hope and pray you’ve learned a few things. It was truly a year of testing. Our nation is experiencing unrest like never before. You can blame the pandemic, you can blame politics, you can blame stock market, you can blame racism, you can blame health care, you can blame the church.
You can blame whoever and whatever you would like, but we must all pause to ask what did I do to contribute? Wow! Was I part of the problem or part of the solution? It’s the time of the year we must pause and reflect.
I try to do this at the end of every year. As much as we all wanted the year to end, we must reflect and take inventory. Did you achieve and accomplish everything you hoped to? How did we do with our resolutions? The fact of the matter is we can reflect, complain, and have a pity party over 2021, but it’s not going to change anything.
I have this thought that I’ve been chewing on, to share. How many love electronics? How many love your smartphone? I grew up in the original Nintendo era. It’s the many times of grabbing the game and putting it against my mouth and blowing in it to make it work that have helped me become patient with electronics. I’ve never been too tech savvy. Again, I’m used to tapping on the Nintendo console to make it work. If you have a computer or smart phone, I’m sure you’ve experienced technical difficulties or operator error. You try everything you know how, but then you have to call the tech savvy friend or the manufacturer. After several hours of pulling your hair out they tell you just to “reset” your device. It will re-boot and start over. Boom! Just like that it’s like new again.
If that works in the natural, just imagine what it can do in the spiritual–as a nation collectively and down to us individually. I believe it’s time for a spiritual “reset” in 2022.
Reset in our homes. Reset in our marriages. Reset in our friendships. Reset in our finances. Reset in our prayer life. Reset in our Bible reading. Reset in fasting and crucifying the flesh daily. Reset in our faithfulness and commitment to the Lord.
In 2 Chronicles 7:14, the Bible says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
If you are tired and exhausted from what your life is producing, it could be time for a reset. No better time than today. I challenge you to do a reset today and see what begins to happen and shift in your life.
Victory never comes from what we do occasionally, but it comes from what we do consistently. I hope and pray this helps you on your journey this year. Just remember we are imperfect people striving to become like a perfect God. I’m so thankful he makes all things new. Happy New Year! We are better together.
Adam Ortega is the Connections Pastor at Cornerstone Ministires in Litchfield.
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