I awoke this morning to a brand New Year and thought to ask the Lord for something relevant to think, to say, to do, to write, to strive for; something profound, something NEW for 2008 to lubricate the ensuing, abrasive tides of the worldly pull. Something to fill the leaking out of the revelry and the warm, glittering glow of the just-passed Christmas season. The reality of frost and snow, the doldrums of a l-o-n-g Wintry season tried to assert itself over my thoughts, even as the strains of the last Christmas carol fades from the scene.

“Give me something, Lord,” I prayed, asking for His thoughts, for something from Holy Spirit to contemplate for a quickly waning anticipation. “What could I write, what could I say for this New Year?”

When I finally listened, He spoke these words into my being, “IN THE BEGINNING…”
Yes! Thank You Lord, for the Alpha that is YOU, the Beginning, my Beginning, our Beginning. BEGINNING is a Person. Beginning is the Word of God. Beginning is another chance to advance Your Kingdom. Could I do that, this year? Will this be the year that selfishness and preoccupation with “other” things wane in my life and I am consumed with the ministry of the Gospel? Is this the year that boldness rises within my soul and any fears are set to flight? Is this the year when I will ultimately make choices based on their impact upon the building up of the Kingdom of God?

God has done His part. We have “opened (received) the Christmas Gift of God…the coming of the Messiah. Now what am I going to do with this Great Christmas Gift, this year? Will I “tumble-weed” through the year (as Sara has written) or will I follow the directions on the label, the Word of God?
I, (WE) have another chance….a vast set of days, weeks, months, A YEAR!!, to accomplish great things for the Glory of God. WILL I do it?

As the old hymn says, “I am determined to follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning back.”
And so, when I will look back on the year 2008, at the end of the this coming year, I am determined to see that my ALPHA and OMEGA are the same. It’s Christ in us, the Hope of Glory, all year long.
Thank you, Lord, for a new Beginning…a renewed Beginning of love & new determination and resolve, diligence and perseverance. Now, BEGIN!


5 thoughts on “FATE FOR ’08”

  1. I feel so blessed each day. New Year’s Eve one of our furnaces burned out. But, we are grateful that we still have one working. We can sleep in big comfortable chairs in our family room and stay warm. The repairs are schedules for Tuesday,Jan 2,’08

    We are grateful that we did not have a fire than caused our home any damage. We are thankful that no harm to ourselves.

    I am so grateful that Rena now lives in my area and is such a great help to the ministry. She even gave part of her New Year’s day to work on a new workbook I am working on. Rena is going to make power points for us. How blessed can one get with this kind of help.

    WOW, being grateful is the key to happiness. We don’t think to look at yesterday when we are in a grateful and hopeful action go forth mode.

    Honor where the Lord has placed us. Respect our choices to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. Go for our goals. And place great value on who we are and the gifts God has given us.

  2. Today in my classroom students thought about whether they wanted to set New Year’s Resolutions or not. Not one said they didn’t. Most said they needed to set goals for themselves to accomplish this year, for in setting goals their life was focused. Most said they wanted either to help a friend break a bad habit or establish a new habit. Then there was one little girl who has had a particularly bad year who said, I want the New Year because it will give me a new beginning. I can start out fresh this year. It appears the children have picked up on new beginnings and focusing so they are not tumble weeds. Yes new beginnings to change or focus on what we think is important and that is the work of Jesus wherever we go. Reach out and touch someone as Jesus would. One teacher said today that she had just put up a banner which said your actions today will result in your destiny tomorrow.
    What actions are we emulating – tumble weed or Christ like love?

  3. IN THE BEGINNING of 2008 we have a choice to make. Are we going to be a tumble weed or focused on our Lord and obedient to his will. Let’s think about this…. Do we want to be a TUMBLE WEED rolling, like an old drunk, never getting anything accomplished in 2008. OR….. Do we want to be focused on Jesus, working hard for him, being obedient to his will for your life, accomplishing his will for your life in 2008. IN THE BEGINNING OF 2008…… What are we going to do with this choice, how are we going to live our lives in 2008. Are we spinning our wheels and wasting the precious time that God has given us. Are we making a difference, changing the world for Jesus.
    Matt.13:24-29 “24”Here is another story Jesus told: ” The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. 25But that night as the workers slept, his enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat, then slipped away. 26 When the crops began to grow and produce grain, the weeds also grew. 27″ The farmer’s workers went to him and said,’Sir, the field where you planted the good seed is full of weeds! Where did they come from? 28″‘An enemy has done this!’ the farmer exclaimed. “‘Should we pull out the weeds?’ they asked. 29 “‘No,’he replied,’you’ll uproot the wheat if you do. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds, tie them into bundles, and burn them, and to put the wheat in the barn.'”
    Matt.13:37-43 Jesus replied, “The Son of man is the farmer who plants the good seed. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed represents the people of the Kingdom. The weeds are the people who belong to the evil one. 39 The enemy who planted the weeds among the wheat is the devil. The harvest is the end of the world, and the harvesters are the angels. 40 “Just as the weeds are sorted out and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the world. 41 The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will remove from his Kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 And the angels will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s Kingdom. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!”
    After reading the verses above, I know without a doubt that I don’t want to be a weed of any kind. IN THE BEGINNING OF 2008 are we going to be a tumble weed or FOCUSED, FAITHFUL AND OBEDIENT…….

  4. Chickenfarmer, THANKS! That is an excellent Parable to quote for this beginning New Year and to meditate upon, intensely. As we look around us we see the WEEDS, every day… people with no God, no inspired purpose, no focus but money; no destiny but hell. They work alongside us; we shop at the same counter in the stores; we teach their children in the schools. They sit at tables next to us in the restaurants. They drive the beltway every morning as we do. But, do we realize what a tragedy this is? These are the WEEDS Jesus is speaking about. And we must be very careful, each day also that we do not emulate them or slip back from our GODLY FOCUS…continued growing as Children of the Kingdom.
    Do we care that the “WEED” in the next cubicle, or teaching in the next classroom, or sitting next to us at a ball game or concert that, as Jesus says, will be pulled up and burned at the end of the age? Do we care that the clerk behind the counter is a WEED unless we… SOMEONE… gets to her/him with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ? Do we have any compassion for them to at least attempt to reveal the TRUTH of God’s love for them, to them and the sacrifice of the Christ on the Cross?
    As I was teaching about Martin Luther King, Jr. and several songs about his heroism, in my classroom this week, I was able to quote a line from the LORD JESUS CHRIST…”No greater love has any man than this…that he lay down his life for a friend.” The children, even the younger classes, seemed to understand this quote which then was applied to what Martin Luther King, Jr. did for his people for the sake of attaining liberty for them. The little children understood this. Why can’t we do the same for the WEEDS that dwell beside us….that Jesus, King of kings and Lord of lords, gave up His life for His “friends” in order to make ALL mankind His friends and to receive this truth as your own will be will determine your destiny at the end of the age.
    Lord, help us to gather the tumbleweeds in our lives, (even one), and reveal to them the Truth of the Gospel so at the end of the age we and they may be among those whom Christ has brought “TO GLORY”.

  5. Maybe because we are ragweeds producing copious amounts of pollen, making us a major causative agent of hay fever.

    I have heard from some over and over when they share something as powerful as God and the Holy Spirit that people run. HUM! Sure makes one wonder just what God and Holy Spirit they are sharing. God is love, God is power, God is hope, and God is all that is good, true and noble.

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