I hope you made many sweet memories with family and friends during our week of Christmas. I love Christmas and everything about it. Reflecting on Jesus’s birth puts me in a thankful mood. How about you?
In the midst of reflecting on many things from last year, I’m also thinking about the new year that’s right around the corner.
You’ll notice my posts this week will be geared toward assessment and direction as we plan for 2016. The beginning of setting goals (or resolutions) for a new year consists of evaluating how your 2015 played out.
Did you have a good year? Did it come close to your expectations? Did you experience failures? Did you have some surprises? Surprises are sometimes good, right? But, they’re not always good.
As I reviewed 2015 yesterday, I had to look at some disappointments. I had to consider why God might be disciplining me. Do you have bad feelings about discipline?
I happened to jot a note in the margin of my Bible page while reading Hebrews 12:5-9 a while back. Reading it again helped put discipline in a better light.
And have you entirely forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you, his children? He said,
‘My child, don’t ignore it when the Lord disciplines you,
and don’t be discouraged when he corrects you.
For the Lord disciplines those he loves,
and he punishes those he accepts as his children.’
As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who was never disciplined? If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children after all. Since we respect our earthly fathers who discipline us, should we not all the more cheerfully submit to the discipline of our heavenly Father and live forever?
Wow. OK, I feel much better now. God corrects those he loves. I feel so loved! Do you?
It’s a spectacular Sunday for the children of God to worship Him with thanksgiving!