Have you made any New Year’s resolutions this year? I usually take the time to set some goals as the calendar year flips and the best way I’ve found to be successful at accomplishing them is to tell others about them. If I tell enough people, I feel obligated to follow through so they don’t think that I’m a loser! Having said that, I am excited and looking forward to see what God has planned for 2017!
This year I’ve set a few goals but I’ve also got a motto I want to lean on in the coming year. I actually started repeating it near the end of 2016:
“My Father Will Take Care of That.”
Now – I’m very blessed to have an earthly dad that is good at taking care of stuff that I can’t do. Mainly this involves making repairs to things that are broken or answering questions that Google can’t when I’m faced with a particularly vexing situation. But that’s not the father I’m talking about in my 2017 motto.
You’ve no doubt heard people say, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” I ALWAYS “sweat” the small stuff. When things don’t go the way I have planned or something comes up that I’m not quite sure how to deal with – I get stressed out. I just don’t like not immediately having the answers to a problem that has presented itself. That’s a bad way to live. And it’s unnecessary. Here’s what the Bible says:
“I am the Lord, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:26-27)
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10)
In the coming year, I will try to remember this motto and use it when things start to stress me out. My wife has already had to remind me to say it more than once! (See? I told you it helps to tell other people this stuff!) This year, I will let my Father take care of those things. Less stress for me and He’s going to do a much better job of it than I could anyway…
Next week, I’ll share some of my goals for the coming year with you and report on how I did with last year’s resolutions. I hope you have a blessed 2017!