What’s your top priority for the New Year? A recent event clarified mine.
The day after Christmas, my daughter learned a friend’s twenty-three year old cousin was killed on the way to Christmas dinner. His older brother had died just fourteen months earlier. I can only imagine the devastation this family is feeling.
How do we prepare for whatever life throws our way?
I had sat down with my copy of Daily Light when she delivered the news. I opened it and read, “I give them [my sheep] eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand” (Jn. 10:28 NKJV).
A car crash snatched this young man from earth but not from Jesus. There is nothing we do in life more important than knowing Him. He comforts and guides us through this life and welcomes us to heaven. Nothing can snatch us from His hand.
If you don’t know Him, please open your heart to Him today. If you do, make knowing Him better your top priority for 2016. Nothing matters more. We need the comfort and wisdom of our Savior to thrive in life.
Resources to Start the New Year
Let me suggest two resources to help you grow in your faith. My free e-book How to Get a Personal Word from God offers a simple tool for getting the most from your Bible reading. Find it in the right margin of my website.
Give Yourself a Break: Discover the Secrets to God’s Rest reveals the secrets to transforming your thinking and life. Each topic is divided into five interactive sections. In just ten weeks you’ll learn how to give yourself a break from:
- Unrealistic Expectations
- Difficult People
- Renegade Thoughts
- Messy Emotions
- Spiritual Attacks
- The Pressure to Perform
Who wants 2016 to be the best year ever? Let’s begin by going deeper with our Lord.
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Blessings for the New Year,
Debbie W. Wilson
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That is my top goal for 2016 – to draw closer to Him and to be more bold in sharing Him. This post hits close to my heart as that was the one thing that I didn’t know for sure about my dad. I shared my faith with him numerous times and even wrote him a few notes and asked him to say the short prayer and accept Jesus as Savior and Lord. He never mentioned whether he did or not. He was funny about that – but when my son Matt was about 11 he asked me if Papou believed in Jesus. My dad was visiting – I said I think he does but why don’t you ask him? He went in and asked – I watched my dad’s face – he was certainly taken by surprises – but he looked at Matt and said of course I do. I have held on to that as his confession of faith and pray it truly was. Beautiful post Debbie, as always.
Debbie Wilson says
Ann, I understand your concerns. The best gift we can leave our loved ones is the knowledge we know Jesus and will see them again. I’d hold on to your dad’s confession to his grandson. “A child shall lead them.”
Praying for the grieving family and friends. Making God the top priority in life is the best way and the only way to live a fulfilled life. Thank you for this post. Happy New Year!
Debbie Wilson says
Happy New Year to you, Melissa!