I recently picked-up this meme somewhere on social media. I actually plan to preach a sermon sometime in early-2020 that’s completely comprised of memes collected online. That’s one that didn’t make the cut – mostly because I collected it after I had written the message. If all goes well with “Ways & Memes” then maybe there will be a sequel.
So for most of us we’ve endured events in our past that deeply hurt us – and still hurt us today many years later. It seems that we remember the bad times more clearly and vividly than the good times – even though we try hardest to forget the bad times.
My 52½ years on this earth is peppered with hurting moments. It’s because of these past moments – individually and collectively alike – that the future is scary. I’ve lived and worked in the same city for the past 32 years; yet, I probably won’t be living and working here in just 5 years. I’ll be retired and living in a new small town, or so I think I will 5 years beforehand. How will everything work out for me ?
“For I know the plans I have for you” – says the LORD. “They are plans for good, and not for disaster – to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT)
Just leave it all to God. He is in control – at all times – for all times. Look to Christ for guidance and direction. He will lead you in the right direction. He will never fail you. He is the Hope. He is the Way.
As we inch closer to a new year – a new decade – a new creation – remember that our God loves all things anew. We must talk to Him with each new day. We must listen to Him each and every day.
“In those days when you pray – I will listen. If you look for Me wholeheartedly – you will find Me. I will be found by you” – says the LORD. (Jeremiah 29:12-14a NLT)
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