Happy New Year! How are those New Year’s resolutions going? I admit, I haven’t been perfectly adhering to my resolutions to eat healthier, exercise more, and finally use that Rosetta Stone software I bought to learn German!
But resolutions, even if they’re not perfectly kept, are worthwhile in helping us think about how we are living our lives and if our lifestyles really serve our well-being. I invite you to consider some resolutions to tend to your spiritual well-being this new year. Perhaps it’s by setting your alarm clock 5 minutes earlier so you can spend a few minutes talking to God to start your day. Or by downloading an app on your phone with devotions that you can read or listen to: Pray as You Go or Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals are two that I use every day. Or perhaps you can download a bible app and read a chapter or two a day…I have a Year-long Daily Bible Reading Plan I can share if you’re interested!
I encourage you to consider some of these more spiritual resolutions, not because God requires us to be perfect or because we’re trying to level up and unlock saintly status. I invite you to consider some of these practices so that you may grow in relationship with God: trusting in God’s love and will for our lives instead of operating out of our own insecurities, fear and desire for control.
God doesn’t ask perfection, just our presence. Consider what you can let go of so you can be less frantic and more present with God and those around you. Be present in 2019 with the God who loves you beyond all understanding, in your daily life and also with the Body of Christ here at Abiding Presence. Life and faith are not a solo journey; abide and be present with us as we walk the way of Christ together. Jesus didn’t walk alone; neither do we. Thanks be to God!