Not only is it 2018, January is almost half over!! So why am I just getting to my first blog of the year. Oh my, there are many reasons. Recent work on my website and the fact that I am not the most tech savvy person around is one of the main reasons. There are some posts out in internet never, never land for sure. Were it not for my very patient, very tech savvy pastor I probably still would not be posting. Thanks, Ryan Johnson!!
For the last few years instead of writing resolutions or goals Larry and I have chosen a “word” for the year. Jon Gordan first introduced us to this concept and we both liked it. This year, however, as I tried to chose a word or hear from the Lord what my word should be it just wasn’t there. Last year my word was uncomfortable. Does that sound strange? The idea was to get out of my comfort zone. Try new things, open my home more, be inconvenienced, go it alone if necessary to seek our personal growth. I loved that word. It may have been my favorite yet, but this year, nothing came. As Larry and I were discussing the issue a few days after the New Year he told me that he wasn’t choosing a word this year. Instead of a word he was choosing a verse of scripture. Immediately I knew what my scripture should be, no hesitation. It is one of my all time favorite verses that offers a huge challenge for the new year. The verse…
“He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your GOD.” Micah 6:8
What more could we strive for in 2018 than those 3 things that the Lord requires of us.
To do justly–according to Merriam-Webster would be acting or being in conformity with what is morally upright or good; conforming to a standard of correctness. For the Christian it means so much more, like conforming to the standard God has given us in His Word, to treat others fairly, the way we would like to be treated, to love our neighbor as ourselves
To love mercy–on my soul, that’s a mouthful because it doesn’t mean love only the mercy given us but to love and bestow that same mercy on others. I have often said that we desire mercy for ourselves and justice for everyone else.
To walk humbly with our God—not just walk with our God but walk humbly, realizing that every good and perfect gift comes from Him and that of ourselves we can do NO GOOD THING. Now that should keep anyone humble.
So, for 2018, that’s my verse, that’s my goal, that’s my resolution and I realize without a doubt I cannot accomplish any of it without the Lord’s power and indwelling Spirit. Will I fail—well, yes; I already have! But thankfully He remains the God of mercy and forgiveness and I know He will grant me another chance.
(P.S. And, I had a beautiful graphic of the verse but it also is out in internet never, never land)