Purposeful living in the New Year? Have you ever asked yourself how you could live with purpose in the New Year? Maybe you’ve given up on resolutions, planners, and lists. One lady said, “I’ve tried all kinds of resolutions, planners and lists. I’m done with them.”
I understand that frustration, but what about God’s purpose for you? What about the gift of life God gave you for a purpose?
You may raise objections at this point. You may say, “I experienced purposeful living and served faithfully, but then I gave up. God won’t use me in the New Year.”
Look at Mark, also known as John Mark, in Acts 13:13. He served on a mission trip with Barnabas and Paul, but in Pamphylia, he left them and returned to Jerusalem. In Acts 15:36–40, Barnabas wanted to take Mark with them again, but Paul wouldn’t hear of it. However, in Col. 4:10, Paul told the people, “If he (John Mark) comes to you, welcome him.” In 2 Timothy 4:11, Paul said, “Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry.” Remember Mark wrote the gospel of Mark.
God doesn’t give up on you. He loves you, and will give you purpose in the New Year. Ask God what it is and listen for his answer. You can experience purposeful living in the New Year.
Maybe you have a different objection. You may say, “I’m too old. God doesn’t have a purpose in the New Year for someone my age.”
At age 85, Caleb said in Joshua 14:10–12, “Just as the Lord promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years . . . while Israel moved about in the wilderness. So here I am today, eighty-five years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me that day . . . the Lord helping me, I will drive them [the Anakites] out just as he said.”
Caleb didn’t let age stand in the way and he counted on the Lord to help him serve his purpose. You, too, can count on the Lord to help you serve your purpose in the New Year.
Perhaps you think that your youthfulness presents an obstacle to purposeful living in the New Year. In 2 Timothy 4:12, Paul told Timothy, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”
You may think your past makes you unworthy to serve God. In John 8, Jesus forgave the woman caught in adultery whom the teachers of the law and the Pharisees wanted to stone. In verse 7, Jesus said, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”
One by one they left without condemnation of her. Jesus said, “Then neither do I condemn you . . . Go now and leave your life of sin.”
No matter what you’ve done in the past, God loves you and forgives you. He will give you purpose, and you can serve him to your dying breath.
When will you ask God what your purpose is in the New Year?
2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
Prayer: Dear God, help me believe that I can experience purposeful living in the New Year. Give me the grace to live it. Amen.
Copyright © by Yvonne Ortega I.I.MMXVIII