At the beginning of a new year, we make new plans to renew our strength. We are sure that nothing will stop our new plans. Yet, when we begin to take the first steps of change, or our dreams begin to be realized, doubts arise within us. A fear or a feeling that something bad happens; or we lack strength and resources, and we begin to waver.
What seemed safe and close now seems far and impossible. What we once wanted to accomplish and that we believed was so urgent, has now become routine or secondary to our daily activities. Just after the first month of the year our plans and objectives are diluted and we are already doing the same things that we do every year. Where did our plans go? Where did our resolve go to make those changes?
The Word of God has many resources to sustain you in everything you proposed this year:
Forces: “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord” Zechariah 4:6
Sustenance: “Cast your cares on the Lord, and he will sustain you” Psalm 55:22
Beware: “Casting all your anxiety upon him, for he cares for you” 1 Peter 5:7
Overcoming fear: “For I am Jehovah your God, who holds you by your right hand, and says to you: Do not fear, I will help you” Isaiah 41:13
Security: “Because I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans of well-being and not of calamity, to give you a future and a hope” Jeremiah 29:11
May this be the best year of our lives, because if “God is for us, who is against us?” And who can separate us from his love … nothing! Thank my Lord. Romans 8:31-36
Martha Fernández Moyano, Argentina, International Board Member