I know that some of you had an exciting year and I know others of you would say it was tough for various reasons. I know that for myself, I am once again reminded how little I actually control. At this stage of my life, if I have paid any attention at all to the last 53 years, I had better come to grips with that reality.
I believe that once I stop trying to control everything in my world it becomes easier to trust God. He has called me to live by faith and follow Him. When I was younger, I tended to think God needed to “show me His will” through special revelation or divine intervention for me to know I was on the right path. Now a days, as an older and more mature person [don’t check the maturity growth with Barb] I find God has revealed all I need for daily guidance in His Word. This week’s Scripture Passage for Sunday’s message is one of those fantastic passages to guide my life and yours.
Paul is writing to the congregation in Colossae and to us when he speaks of new life connected to Jesus.
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
So, Oak Hill family as we enter this New Year, I pray that you rest in Paul’s words for us in 2019. We are “all dressed up in Jesus” and set for all that comes our way. This includes the tough times as well as the joy filled moments. Our God has made us His own so that we get to live like His own – forgiven and covered in grace. Below is a picture of a wonderful plaque that Kaylee Dorn made for me that sits in my office. I invite you to live in its’ truth for you today and every day because of what Jesus has done for you!