Starting off the year with my very favorite verse. What an excellent devotional my mom gave me! 🙂 Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I have always loved this passage of scripture. It is so comforting to me that even when it seems like there is no plan – like the world and my little life spinning around with it are completely out of control – God still knows what the purpose of it all is. And, not just that there’s a plan, but it is to prosper me. It’s one thing to have a plan, but if the plan is horrible pain, suffering and ultimate disaster in my life – that’s not one I’m very thrilled about. The thing is, this verse is in the middle of a letter written by Jeremiah (a prophet) to his people who’d been captured and were prisoners in a foreign land. The entire country had been taken from their homes and were being held captive among some really not cool Babylonians. The most interesting thing to me is that verse 10 in this passage promises release and the returning of the people to their homes — but only after they’ve spent 70 years as prisoners. I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t seem like a great promise to me. I think I would have questioned that plan just a tad. But God follows it up with a verse that essentially says “Trust me. I know what I’m doing. It’s good. You’ll see.” Even in the worst of times, when it seems like God has failed me, left me, or forgotten about me, His plan is still present. More importantly the plan is always working for my ultimate good. Fan-stinkin-tastic!
New Year’s Resolutions. Ahhh. The chance to make a bunch of promises to yourself that (generally) get forgotten once the calendar says February. The world as a whole resolves to be richer, nicer, skinnier, smoke/drink/drug less, and on and on. Then somehow, we always end up right back where we started. Or worse. I’m sure just about everyone with a blog is talking about the close of the old year and the fresh start of a 2010. Oh, and this year we get the new decade too. Lucky us.
Some of the most often used resolutions in the United States are:
- Improve health: lose weight, exercise more, eat better, drink less alcohol, quit smoking
- Improve finances: get out of debt, save money
- Improve career: get a better job
- Improve education: improve grades, get a better education, learn something new (such as a foreign language or music)
- Improve self: become more organized, reduce stress, be less grumpy, manage time, be more independent Continue reading