We say Happy New Year every January 1st. That's a nice thought, but so often untrue and a letdown, even after just a few days. We make resolutions we attempt to keep, but they rarely last past the end of the month.
How about this year we seek to honor God with our lives. How about we aim to hear His voice every day, to walk in His will with His help and to love as He does.
I don't know about you but I know happiness is fleeting. We get thrown curve balls all the time. Some as ordinary as someone riding your bumper as your driving, not finding your favorite product at the store. Others more serious; financial troubles, health problems that seem so big and scary.
One thing I do know...the joy of the Lord is not fleeting. It is not fickle. It doesn't run and hide when things get rough. It is a quiet affirmation of God's love and delight for you that stays tucked away in your heart as long as you trust Him.
So, this year I say to you- I say to me, not happy new year, but a joyful new year. Joy comes from knowing the Lord. Joy comes from trusting the Lord. Joy comes from having His peace tucked into your heart regardless of circumstances, regardless of your bank account balance, regardless of what the doctor's report says. Joy is in Him and His joy is your strength.
So, joyful new year my friends! Let His joy be reflected in your life today and every day.
(Picture taken in Telluride, CO)