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IT IS THE first day of the new year, coming off a year full of tremendous events. Pain. Sorrow. Conflict. Confusion. We’re all a bit weary… or maybe a lot.

Yet somehow, we are hopeful too. We are truly resilient creatures, aren’t we?

In a strange way, last year was simultaneously frozen and accelerated for me. Back in early 2020, I thought to myself, this is it.

This is my generation’s war.

Every generation, sooner or later, faces something monumental. Some more severe, some less, but we can’t escape it.

Many are hoping that 2021 will be easier, softer, better. I hope so too.

But rather than relying on that hope, I’m asking God to get me ready.

For what? Who knows? Not me. Not yet.

Still, I do know the process involved.

First: Go to God.

Go to him and seek his counsel.

Seek his will.

So I’m asking him, what do you want from me Lord?

Where should I place my efforts? What plans do you have for me?

Keep me alert and awake, O Lord.

I believe there is no real way “out of this”. We live in a new reality, and there’s a lot of work to be done.

Some are worn out and tired. Some have grown apathetic or angry. I understand this as it happens to me too sometimes.

But don’t let this shut you down. Dig in. Dig deep. Resist the sleepiness or the desire to shut yourself off.

Yes, you can be scared and sick of it all sometimes. Go ahead. But don’t rest there for too long.

Let God pull you out of the muck and the mud. Let him cleanse you and refresh you. And let him make you nimble and sure.

Let him make your love strong.

I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions or oaths, but this year is different for me, for all of us.

So I’m looking for a spiritual reboot.

I’ll return to the basics and from there, I ask the Spirit to forge something new.

I need this. My family does too. The world does too.

God’s word is forever eternal, but how we live it must be fresh and new. And for 2021, we will be needing the newness of Christ more than ever.

This post isn’t a prediction of any kind. Instead, it’s a blank slate.

May the hand of God write upon our souls.

May his word live and burn in our hearts.

Come to us, Spirit of God, and prepare us.

Prepare the Body of Christ to do your good work.

Amen.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Matthew 6:33

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