Happy New Year everyone! I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and are feeling ready for the year ahead.
I have been thinking recently about this verse in Jeremiah, “I stand at the crossroads and look, ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” New Year is treated as a junction for many of us. Christmas has just passed; the excitement of the season is winding down and we are preparing for the year ahead. New Year’s resolutions are being made as people reflect on the last year and think about the changes they would like to see in their own lives. It’s quite remarkable how many of these resolutions are about affecting the way we look (I’m thinking diets and gym memberships, you know who you are) but beneath these potentially superficial resolutions lies a solid practice that we should all try to do more regularly. That is this process of reflection. The Christian faith is a marathon and not a sprint and often we can become distracted from our goal or begin to stray from the path God has for us. It’s important then to take time to reflect, to look back and evaluate how we are doing but also to think about how we can change going forward.
So this January let us see this time as a crossroads in our lives and spend some time asking for the good way to walk in. What changes can you make to your daily lives that will help you to grow in your relationship with Jesus? One thing that you could consider is reading the bible in a year. This is an initiative that we are doing as a church and something that is hugely valuable to your own discipleship. Or perhaps you could attempt to give more time to personal prayer, encountering the risen Christ in the busyness or quietness of your day. As we wrestle with this together, let us be a church who seek earnestly after Christ’s heart and “encourage one another daily” in our pursuit of him.