Yesterday I had the privilege of taking my four year old granddaughter to school. First day back after a very busy vacation for her family–so she was not in her normal “top” form. Her boots were off, but she did not want to put them on. For some reason they were not “right”. But that is what she had to wear. I ask her mom for help in getting her to wear them. My granddaughter said, “I need a motivation”! Her mom, replied, no you need to put your boots on!
We made it to the car. After all the booster seat buckling, the adjustment of all her things, I started driving. Before she could even think about grumbling I began to sing “This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it!”. She quietly listened as she ate her cheerios and I watched her countenance change. Our contented little girl was back–the “attitude” switch was made and life was good for her once again.
As we begin this new year, I want to remind us that this day, and tomorrow and all the days of 2019 are the days that He has made. Days to enjoy, days to persevere, days to seek Him, days to enjoy His creation, even days of battle lie ahead. But as we walk toward them in faith and as Paul writes to the Ephesians in chapter 5.
13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
I want to urge us this year to begin with the whole armor of God securely in place in our lives. This is a year of productivity for His Kingdom, if we walk in faith, perseverance and His grace. We may need to shift our thinking through praise, worship and developing a grateful heart–and that is a good thing. Many of my friends had to say goodbye to their loved ones this past year, I am so sorry for their loss and grief. It serves to motivate me to live my life to Him, for Him and touch the lives He connects me with His grace and love. I confess, it is a learning process for me to get better at appreciating what everyday may hold, but it is my goal! How about you?