Nearing the End of Another Year

Nearing the End of Another Year

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Stuff happens in the course of 365 days, there’s ups, there’s downs. What I’m learning is to use one of the greatest gifts God has given us — choice. We have the ability to choose. And, this doesn’t just apply to the decisions we make but how we believe and how we react to life.

We really can choose to look at a situation as a failure, a success, or a learned lesson. We can choose to look pessimistically forward or optimistically. It’s up to us. The global pandemic definitely changed us, all of us. No one saw that one coming and how it would affect the whole world. Things are definitely different now and we’re trying to survive it the best we can.

We also can choose where to focus our attention. Do we look forward to the upcoming holiday season or do we look back at missed opportunities? Do we trust God implicitly or do we lean to our own understanding? If God is true then everything else is not. And we either believe Him or not. Again, the choice is ours.

I LOVE what Joshua said:

And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. – Joshua 24:15 KJV

There’s still more time left to this year and we don’t have any idea what’s ahead but remember Jesus does. Nothing surprises Him. Nothing rattles Him. And I choose to believe Him. I admit that I get scared sometimes when I look ahead and don’t see an immediate solution or even a glimmer of hope. But, that’s where faith comes in. I don’t know but He does.

Choose Jesus today, choose to believe Him and if He’s your Savior and Lord, then give over your fears, doubts, disbeliefs to Him. Ask Him for His strength to govern you no matter what is going on around you. Lean on His shoulders, don’t choose your way. He won’t fail ever.

And even if things don’t go your way, choose to believe that however Jesus answered that prayer or situation, He knows exactly what He’s doing and it’s not to give you grief but to bring you closer to Him.

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Kim McDougal

Kim is the founder and creator of Growing Up in Grace. By day, she's the Director of Interactive Communications for the Hispanic chamber located in Jax, FL. Kim also owns "Kim's Studio Art" where she creates and sells Wall Art Printables and "Kim's Handcrafted Cards" on eBay where she creates and sells handmade greeting cards.