The beginning of the year is a time of mixed emotions. First, there is excitement for the opportunity for a new beginning. It is a chance for a fresh start, and it seems that anything is possible. Then, there is the other side. We have to un-decorate, return things that don’t fit, get caught up at work, and get back into our regular routines.
Maybe you have the same mixed emotions. Sometimes the down-side is more prevalent than the possible-side. Maybe you feel more slug-like than hopeful. The good news is that we are not ruled by our emotions. We can make decisions based on more than just how we are feeling. We can include our thoughts and God’s calling. We can make a choice to do what God is calling us to do even if we are feeling slug-like. This means that even if you feel overwhelmed, there is still a choice to make changes. There is a choice to do what God calls us to in the midst of holiday recovery.
One of the things I would like to encourage you to consider and pray about is your spiritual life and its connection to your daily activities. We often get stuck in a pattern of doing the same things rather than trying to do a new thing. For example, we go to work and come home every evening. We are bored with watching television every night, but we don’t do anything else. We know that there is a Bible study, but you are in the habit of going home. Perhaps you always volunteer once a month for children’s church. You see a need for someone to help with the altar displays, but you worry that people may not want you to get involved. Perhaps your church needs your help.
It is hard to do a new thing, but God is calling us to be transformed. God is calling us to use our gifts in this new year for God’s glory. God is calling us to help transform the world, no matter if you feeling hopeful or slug-like. Be open to what God is calling you to do. Is God calling you to participate in a study? Is God calling you to get more involved in church? Is God calling you to try something new? Trust in God’s calling rather than being tossed about by fickle emotions.
I am praying that you will listen to the Spirit rather than be ruled by your emotions. I pray that this will be a year of transformation, your transformation and the transformation of the world around you by God’s work through you. Happy New Year!