Wednesday, January 5, 2011

New Beginning…Fresh Start… or the same old, same old?

© 2011 Cizon Sauceda

Promise, hope, direction, contentment, peace, joy, uncertainty, restlessness, sadness, bereavement, sorrow, kindness, sympathy…the gamut of emotions felt by many as the new year prevails across the universe and even in my own heart (and all as if on a rollercoaster).  We all enter the new year seeking a better fill in the blank with your new search.  To resolute or not, that ’tis the question and if so what resolution is worth keeping?  I resolved not to have any resolutions this year and then at the last minute decided I would give up Dr. Pepper for 2011!  Ok.  I know.  And…yes, I have already broken that resolution.  So now, I am back to zero resolutions.  I am back on the even keel, but this even keel is it where my precious Saviour chooses me to be?  I think not.  I believe he desires more from and for me as my new year unfolds.  He wants me to walk more closely to and with him.  I am seeking a new 2011 that draws nigh my Saviour.

In 2011, I will be an OVERCOMER.  What a better way to become content, find peace, and joy in the resounding turmoil I’ve come through the past decade.  I praise God he has brought me through and look toward the cross in faith as I overcome.  I am promised that because I, Cizon, believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God I will overcome the world (see 1 John 5:5).  There is not anything in the world that with the Lord I cannot overcome. Satan may try to stomp on my family, my children and my health but by the grace of God, I am overcoming.  Get thee behind me Satan - YOU shall not prevail!  I will hold the hand of my precious Lord and be lead through 2011 with grace and peace that has never been felt by me.

I will be OBEDIENT in 2011:  Obedience.  It should come naturally but the child in me continues to wonder, to be discouraged, to seek and to wonder about more.  I even find it difficult to turn to my brothers and sisters in Christ when I am hurting because I don’t want to burden them....and then I slowly withdraw.  I don’t get anywhere in this wondering and withdrawl that I continue to do year after year and it is time to cling more closely to the Word, be obedient, and be involved in service.  Nevertheless, I will praise God and thank him for bringing me through the disobedient and discouraging times because of His loving kindness and GRACE I always find my way home.  Obedience begins with diving into the Word and the Lord willing I will read the entire Bible this year and grow.  As I seek him, the obedience will come to light and by being obedient the light of joy will prevail.  Joy is the by-product of an obedient heart.  There is an old hymn (Trust and Obey, John H. Sammis, 1857) that I love…

When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.

Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

Trust and Obey.  I often turn to the hymns as they bring joy to my heart but in 2011 I will more frequently turn to his Word from whence I will find the light of my glorious heavenly Father who will teach me His definition of obedience and trust and happiness.