“My new year’s resolution is to make no resolutions,” Padre said. And probably a lot of other people said.
I’m not going to make any, but I do want to continue work that was started several years ago.
We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. “
1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
I want to continue to work on banishing my fear and worry of tomorrow. I hate it when I cannot be prepared for events, and I detest rude surprises. Many times, these thoughts have overtaken me and I have slumped into a horrible state that I have never desired to resist, It’s a horrible feeling: isolating, cold, hopeless.
Instead, I want to have a stronger faith and trust that I am not alone. I want to filled and perfected in love so that the worry and fear are cast out. I want to be filled with love so that I can share it, and live a worthy life. Not, mind you, an earthly worthy life, but a life worthy in the eyes of God. I don’t want to worry about becoming someone great, because I know that He already sees me as great. I want to be so filled with love that it is contagious and overflows into everything that I do. I pray that this love will flow into the projects that I start this year, and bring an avalanche of goodwill to others.
I wish you patience, blessings, peace, love, and perseverance in 2016 and every day, friends.