|Posted by Lorraine Serra on January 2, 2013 at 7:50 AM|
So the holidays are over, and it’s back to normal, right? Well, except for the fact that there is a fresh sense of hope and an expectation of new beginnings.
January 2nd is the real “first day” of the New Year. Parties are over. Back to work! It’s the day that sets the stage for the future success or failure of those resolutions we made, or that we might still think about making. Ha!
For myself, I can “ resolve “ myself into madness over getting healthier, being more organized, loving my family in tangible ways, adjusting my attitude, making more money, practicing generosity, de-cluttering my house, and a million other sensible and albeit good things.
But, the reality is that I, just like 99.9% of well intentioned, ready-for-a-change-people, I will fall short of my big goals and suffer frustration and feel defeated from time to time, because…. all of these resolutions rely on my own strength. If it comes down to sheer will power, I will just concede to failure right now!
However, if I determine to focus on the “comfort and joy” of Christmas, and yield to “Immanuel”, God with us, I can count on J.O.Y. in the journey. True joy, true hope, true guidance, true breakthrough is possible through Jesus. He is the JOY, and He is the solution in the equations that lead to victory.
J.O.Y. = Jesus Occupies You. Literally. Jesus, in all His power, strength, mercy, love and grace has come to occupy me. I invited Him to take up residence in my heart and to focus my mind years ago, and I renew that invitation daily. I am so thankful He always shows up! He never lets me down. He is sufficiently powerful and merciful, all at the same time, to guide my path, correct my failures, instruct me, protect and inspire me.
J.O.Y. That’s my mantra, motto or reminder, whatever you want to call it. When I awake, throughout the day, in the midst of struggle, and on the path to achieving my goals. His goals will surface, and He will be my supply.
J is for Jesus. He is the first and the last, the beginning and the end, the Alpha and the Omega.
And if J is for January, with new beginnings ahead, including renovations and restorations, I don’t want all the burden on my shoulders alone. I plan to carry some insurance and assurance with me into this New Year. When we “pack up Christmas”, let’s make sure J.O.Y. never ends up in the basement. Blessings and favor be upon you and yours through Christ, the Savior, the Living Lord of All!