Time to Reevaluate New Years Resolutions: I’ve God a Suggestion by Andy Lee
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Keep me the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings. ~Psalm 17:8
One of my favorite photographs is a picture of my son taken when he was three. His chubby cheeks beckon a momma’s touch, and his awkward smile echoes the sound of “cheeeezzzz . . .” But the best part about the photo is the image of the photographer captured in his eyes—the apple of his eyes. Right smack in the middle.That photo helps me visualize what it means to be the apple of God’s eye. The object of His vision.The Apostle Paul prayed a very important prayer for the Ephesians. It went like this:
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom His whole family in heaven and earth derive its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ (Ephesians 3:14-18 NIV).
For years I believed that the most important prayer we could pray was, “Help me love you more, Lord.” It’s a prayer I prayed for decades, but lately I’ve realized that this prayer places the focus on my ability, my work of love. Rather than praying to love God more, I now believe the better prayer is to pray for the Lord to help me know His love—just as Paul prayed. Because once we know beyond knowing that God loves us, we’re secure in His love, and that changes you and me. When we know someone loves us, and wants the best for us, we can trust him. And trusting God is paramount for our faith and our peace.
The month of June is halfway through the year. I find it’s a good time to reevaluate the goals I chose in January. It’s a time to decide if I should continue my resolutions or adjust them. When I take time to reevaluate my old New Year’s goals, if I can’t remember them, I know it’s time to move on.
If you find yourself in such a position, may I suggest something? Resolve to know God’s love better and memorize Psalm 17:8. We often think of physical resolutions—lose weight, be more productive, read the Bible in a year, but knowing God’s love in new ways, wider dimensions, and deeper into our hearts past our heads will affect how we handle the rest of our year . . . for the rest of our life.
Andy Lee is a blogger, speaker, and author of two books. A Mary Like Me: Flawed Yet Called (Leafwood 2016) and The Book of Ruth Key Word Bible Study: 31 Days to Hope and Promise (AMG 2015). To invite Andy to speak at an event, visit her on her site, Finding Purpose Beyond Today, www.wordsbyandylee.com
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