New Year…gives a lot of hope, wouldn’t you say?
Many people “resolve” to do their lives differently at the onset of the year. Get in shape, eat right, develop better sleeping habits, work smarter…I was thinking over the past couple of days, “hey, I wish that I could think of each day like I do the new year.” It would bring so much hope and promise on a DAILY basis, wouldn’t you think?
So, instead of making a lot of new resolutions, I try to make a New Year’s prayer, in just one word. One year it was “balance”, one year it was “faithfulness”. This year, it’s peace.
This word, peace, comes from the tail-end of a difficult season in my life. I don’t feel the need to share the details, but believe me, I feel that I have been through a boxing match the last third of this year. Seems that a lot of people have as well. Although I hate going through these times, I do believe that there’s always a greater purpose and a greater good that comes from these trials.
In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word for peace is shalom. Wikipedia refers to it as “either peace between two entities (especially between man and God or between two countries), or to the well-being, welfare or safety of an individual or a group of individuals.” Although peace has been over-used and muddied in meaning over the decades, I do pray that the original intent can be instilled in my heart. This way, it can affect the rest of my life – family, friends, work, and wherever God puts me. I pray that peace will overwhelm me, particularly in times of stress and difficulty.
If you could sum up your resolution(s) in a word, what would it be? How can you live each day full of hope that often accompanies the “new” year?
I hope and pray that I can share more, and more often this year. I will share “peace” during the year, whether it comes through troubles that may come or blessings that fall.
I pray for your inner peace, regardless of your circumstances. I pray, specifically:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phillippians 4:6-7