I’ve seen a lot of people reaching out for scripture as we fearlessly (with slightly wobbly legs) walk into the 2021 year hoping for the best, preparing for the worst, knowing who is in control regardless.
One of my favorite scriptures is Philippians 3 12-14:12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Focusing on my own journey, not anyone else’s. Accepting I have achieved some but I have so much more to go. Pushing away from 2020 and rejoicing every step of this year as I near the prize.
Another favorite that I will focus on is Galatians 5:22:But the fruit of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
If my actions don’t fall in line with these, I ask God, and my support system, to assist me in pruning them out so that I may be fruitful and my family will prosper from it.
And last, for 2021, and forever, Hebrews 10: 23-25:
23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
I will continue to encourage my people and I pray they continue to encourage me. Not through demands, but love and good deeds. I pray God has placed specific people in my life to do the same for me.