For most people the holidays are finished and as such many have already or will soon have travelled back to their uni’s – with grease leaking into freshly laundered clothes, from left-over stews that thawed out on the coach or train journey back to wheeeerevah. With this in mind, i thought it’d be the perfect time for a post on the New Year, so Afehyia Pa!…Or just happy new year to you non-Ghanians! =)
With the last of the salutations out of the way and no more Christmas decorations around to remind me to be of good cheer, I find myself wondering what’s next? I mean this aside from oncoming deadlines, a delivery from my first loan purchase of the season and other useless things, like really, what’s next? Leading up to 2012 and reflecting on things, I had to thank God for the changes in and around me, but I couldn’t help feeling a bit lost, kind of empty and not in the I’ve-given-my-all-now’s-a-good-time-to-slump way, but more of a I-relied-on-my-strength-and-I’m-burned-out kind of thing. In this mind set nostalgia has become my enemy, sacheting about my mind like she owns the place, telling me how smoothly things used to run! So what would you do?…Bit cliche, but what would Jesus do?
He’d look to God’s will. So I sat there looking blankly at my Bible and don’t ask me how, because I never really know how, I ended up in Luke 17:32, and all it says is “Remember Lot’s wife.”
For those of you who may not know about Lot’s wife, I’ll leave this here so’s you can get up to speed and so’s I can continue http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+19&version=KJV (it’s in ch.19 but if you want the full story start from ch.11 and go on from there).
For looking back, losing momentum in her obedience (and perhaps other things, of which I’m sure someone won’t mind shedding light on) she turned to SALT! As I read this I realised that revelling in ancient memories, that were waay back in the deep and heavily cobwebbed recesses of my mind is probably not the best thing to be doing in the first few weeks of the new year. It, quite literally, is not forward thinking! *By the way, I’m letting this revelation slap me back into 2012 as I’m writing this, so jump on it if it’s what you needed =)
I sat there and wondered how long I’d been dusty, dull and disobedient with my backwards thinking and continued to scroll down through Luke 17 to verse 33, “Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.” Just putting it out there, this isn’t a call to kill yourself. =| But I saw my life, my thought process, the things I was doing and conversations I’d had, in light of this scripture and realised that trying to revive old ways and relying on old connections and habits, literally drained me, and my life (for that week anyways) passed me by in the most useless, jobless, unproductive ways.
Point of this spiel? Don’t sacrifice the life that you now have in Christ, for something that is currently passing away, being destroyed and put under God’s victory banner; because just like Lot’s wife and Michael Jackson in the remember the time video you could find yourself wasting away to nothing and being tossed about in this world, when if you’d just been patient with God long enough to stay rooted in Him, assured by His instruction and perfected by patience, I’m sure He would have made His plans apparent to you. Enjoy your new year, nothing wrong with reminiscing but like Paul said in Philippians 4:8-9, “Finally brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy- **meditate on these things. The things which you have learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.”
Stay focused. x
**For those who’re are up for a bit of a study have a look at Joshua 1:1-9, Psalm 119:9-16 and Ecclesiastes 11:9-10 aaaand John 14, just all of it ^.^
P.S. This song, I can’t even. Just listen.
See? Nothing wrong with the right kind of throwbacks.