Some brief thoughts for a new year…
⇒ Last year I read and studied through the Old Testament book of Isaiah. I read through the classic commentary by Edward Young – 3 volumes, and about 1600 pages! It was a worthwhile endeavor, but I had to persevere in it. I wanted to quote a brief excerpt from the final pages of the commentary:
“The primary aim in missionary and all preaching is not the betterment of the hearer but the glory of God. When this aim is lost from sight, the work of the church fails. When the glory of God is made known, all these other things are added unto us; man receives his highest blessing and well-being when God is glorified.” -pg 533, vol 3
While we do need goals and aims in life (something we may focus on as a new year begins) – where is our ultimate focus? Is it all about us and our betterment? Have we lost sight of God and his glory? Something for us to prayerfully consider.
⇒ A friend of mine (Judy) shared this on social media a few years ago:
“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.”
This could be backed up in various ways biblically. How are we using our time? Do we give up or not even start something because we foresee how long it will take to complete? But so many worthwhile endeavors take…time, patience, perseverance. Hey, that describes the whole Christian life!
If you are interested, here is a project I once did where I grouped together all the Bible verses from the Old Testament wisdom books about time.
⇒ On a closing note, I wanted to share a related blog post from another wordpress blogger: Consider Your Ways by Theological Jon. He offers this wise perspective:
“When I make resolutions at the beginning of any new year, especially the last few years, I have made it a point to ask one question of each of my resolutions: Will this help me glorify God and increase my enjoyment of Him? That is the purpose of each of my resolutions. So, if it passes the initial test at the beginning of the year then I strive to incorporate that into my life. Only time will tell if it really passes the test!”
Note that some of his goals will take years (even 5-10 years) to complete. As per my friend Judy’s statement, Jon is not letting fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in his way of doing it! Be challenged and encouraged by his endeavors.