Every time we start a new year, we say that there are 365 new opportunities to do good things, to carry out kindness and to show mercy to others. But sometimes, when the year ends, instead of being excited about the future, we’re fearful. We examine the past days and can be engulfed by failures and fatigue. We may feel overwhelmed by disappointment. Instead of seizing new opportunities, we become immobilized by fear.
What is “justice?” As we set out over the next several weeks to explore what the Bible teaches about “justice,” we first need to back up and make sure we know what we are striving towards. As we begin to ponder what the Bible teaches about this rather nebulous idea, we must first make sure we have the right concept of what the Bible actually is.
Young people feel compelled to create an identity for themselves that’s false. John Tyson, pastor of a church in New York, talks about this. He calls it keeping up the image and discusses how difficult it can be. Our kids and youth are exhausting themselves, trying to keep up appearances, trying to keep multiple conversations going on multiple social media channels.
This Thanksgiving, no matter what part of the world you live in and whether or not you have pilgrims in your history and tradition, take some time to pause and consider God. Think about who He is, about His faithfulness, His love, His goodness. Put your attention on Him and His promises.
I challenge you this holiday season, as we look down the road, towards a season of thankfulness and a celebration of our Savior’s birth: who will you set your heart on in this season? I encourage you to not allow the fears, anxieties, pains of the past, and nervousness of being around family who don’t know Christ to overtake your heart and mind.
We live in a world of multimedia where we connect via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google and YouTube. Our daily lives are run by apps on tablets, smartphones, smartwatches and exercise devices. In the medical field, we benefit from retinal implants, artificial pancreases, bionic limbs and lenses. Technological advances bring us camera pills, tooth chips, brain implants, artificial memory and artificial intelligence — the boundaries between human and machine blurring with every passing day. On October 31, 2017, the world …
Don’t allow your past to dictate your future. God wants to use you for His glory. Nothing you have done or that has been done to you can change that. His love is unconditional and everlasting.