Following God’s guidance gives the heart peace

A brand New Year awaits us. Let’s resolve to put zest in it. The past is gone and a new beginning is here. Refuse to let life happen to you. You can happen to life.

I am reminded of how a tiny grain of sand in the soft body of an oyster can be a constant source of irritation for it, but over time the oyster makes that painful irritation into a beautiful pearl of great value. With God’s help we can turn painful irritating times into pearls and look forward to tomorrow. It isn’t what happens to us that matters, but how we react to what happens that makes the difference. Remember you “can do all things through Jesus who strengthens you” (Philippians 4:13).

Our nation is at a serious crossroad. “Righteousness exalteth a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). Let’s guard our hearts, minds and attitudes at all cost because these lead to action. That action can be positive or negative big time. Reacting negatively leads to desensitization when we are in the heat of a battle.

God’s truth is the absolute. This truth is the standard. We need godly wisdom in all of decision-making. The world’s financial system is only one of many problems. Yet the greatest news of all is guidance from our Maker. Following His guidance gives the heart peace.

The fast pace we live leaves little time for spiritual things. The things that mean the most are sometimes left out or slighted. We all have an appointment with destiny. We can only do this one-day at a time. Keeping priorities straight helps lasting values.

Each day has time for Jesus, family and friends. Let’s make this year one of joy.

We have a choice. “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended; but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God, in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14).

The Word of God keeps us calm on troubled seas. His Word picks us up out of despair and enables us to soar like an eagle. This world and materials things that are accumulated will pass away. God’s Word will never pass away. I have resolved to keep these things in this New Year:

• Enter the New Year with hope.

• Forgive those who have hurt you.

• Smile, laugh and spread sunshine.

• Be happy with your time on earth.

• Look at more blues skies and roses.

• Set no wicked thing before your eyes.

• See every person as one of great worth.

• Bury the past for you are a new creature.

• Encourage, exhort and help those in pain.

• Refrain from criticizing and finding fault.

• Pray, study and hide the Word in your heart.

• Praise God and receive every new day as a gift.

• Leave a loving memory in the lives of other people.

• Treat everyone as if this might be the very last good-bye.

“Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: For the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”

Happy New Year and may it be the best one yet.