Hard to believe that it is the third weekend in January 2016! Belated Happy New Year. Most of us have laid out our goals and made our resolutions. Many of us, (myself included), have already slipped up. Failure is part of the human condition. Don’t stay down bemoaning the failure. Pick yourself up and keep moving forward. Those goals still call to us. According to Sir Winston Churchill: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” Not sure if I agree with the entire quote but I do agree with the importance of the courage to continue.
I am reflecting on two themes that will influence my life in 2016: The first theme relates to the importance of remaining faithful to the task at hand [the courage to continue]. Toward the end of 2015, I wrote a post entitled: “Seeds of Desert Flowers” in which I declared… “The increase is not in our hands nor do we control the timing of growth. We are not responsible for the ground on which the seed may fall nor are we responsible for the fruit. We are however, responsible for the seed. Sow in hope. Water in hope; in due season we will see fruit if we don’t give up”. Just before Christmas, I received an e-mail from a student who attended one of my classes in my first year of teaching. In the e-mail he thanked me for my positive influence in his life. In his words… where he is today is partly due to conversations we had 25 years ago! God was faithful in bringing those seeds to flower. Remain faithful to the task at hand.
My second theme has to do with choosing carefully [knowing] the path to walk. The importance of this, in the natural realm, was brought home to me quite clearly on two recent, early morning walks. The first was a gray day with low level clouds and fog over a snow-covered surface; almost “whiteout conditions” without the wind and blowing snow. I could barely discern the path before my feet and I certainly could not see it in the distance. There was much stumbling around on my walk that morning. The second walk was on the same path but this time in the early morning sunshine. The path was clearly visible and easy to follow.
Walking into 2016 I have three takeaways (encouragements) to suggest from my early morning strolls:
- He (God) knows the way that I take.
- His word will be a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.
- I need to give careful thought to the paths for my feet… keeping my foot from evil.
The longest journey, it is said, begins with a single step. The first step is choosing the direction you want to go – the path for your feet.
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