Happy New Year Girls!
I know Christmas is over and so you’re wondering why I’ve put a carol as the title of this. Well I’m hoping to suggest an alternative way of thinking about New Year’s Resolutions and January culture. I’ve noticed New Year’s Resolutions can so often be focused on the outward appearance. This is not to say stop caring about how you look and that looks don’t matter. There's nothing wrong with liking looking nice. However, Britain’s top 3 resolutions revolve around diet and health. The second most popular being weight loss.
I want to offer an alternative idea and mindset, what if our aim for 2020 was to live to please the audience of one, The Trinity. We know that God only looks at our heart. I hear you say “Lucy, where in scripture does it say this?” In 1 Samuel 16:7 it says:
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
This verse from Samuel couldn’t be more meaningful than it isnow. It is clear form looking at people’s resolutions that we live in a culture saturated by image. Yet who did God get Samuel to choose? If you read Samuel 16 you will see it was David who wasn't physically impressive but David’s private life was governed with prayer and worship (check out the Psalms). So in the same vein of what I spoke about in my 52 Ways to Pray blog entry. Let’s follow Matthew 6:6 in 2020 and
go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
So why not position our heart in 2020 to adore Jesus Christ? Let's focus on what we do with our lives when no-one is watching us.
As always, please in contact with prayer requests or just to chat,