Wouldn’t it be great to fast forward through the year to see where you end up in 2021? Although you can’t predict a lot of future events, you can decide who you’ll be bringing along with you on the journey through another year. Try this: Draw an arrow like this ‘ >———> ‘ in your journal, Bible, or on a Post-It Note. On the far left, write the word START. On the far right, write the word END. On top of the line, write the words, JESUS WITH ME. Let this be a visual reminder to live by faith in Jesus found in Galatians 2:20. As you look at that arrow pray, and ask the Lord to help you keep Him close on your journey through 2020!
Very often, when we see hard times ahead, we choose to look the other direction. We try to wish it away and believe that it’s not worth preparing for at the moment. It’s too overwhelming, and we feel so small in the face of it. We forget the promise found in Philippians 4:19 and cower as the hard times hit, leaving us bruised and hurting in faith and life. What challenging thing are you anticipating in the new year? What can you do today to change your direction and the way you are facing it at the moment? Take time to pray and ask the Lord to help you walk in His footsteps as you face the situation.
When we embrace and practice The Principle of the Path, we realize that our direction determines our destination. So the best way to predict our future is to pay attention to where we are headed. Jesus reminds us of this principle in Matthew 7:25-29. Think about a situation that you’ve been stressing about. Imagine there are two boxes, each containing this situation. Imagine that one box is on top of the house of the foolish builder, and the other on top of the house of the wise builder. In prayer, let God know which foundation you want to choose when facing the storms of life ahead.
We can quickly lose our faith and our way when we lack a trusted friend who trudges through the trenches with us. Proverbs 27:17 is a useful guidepost for this idea of friendship. Can you think of someone whose faith journey inspires you? Is there someone you know that has weathered many storms and still followed the right path? Reach out to them this week and try to meet up for lunch or coffee. Use that time to share with them what you’re facing and ask them if they will pray with you and encourage you along the way from time to time. You never know—it could be the start of a great lasting friendship!
Our mission at Eikon Church is to help people—to give them handles and to help them along the way—to become more like Jesus. We believe that following Jesus makes your world better while simultaneously making the whole world better. Would you take a moment to pray for those in your workplace, your family, and your community that may not know about Jesus’ love for them? Read over John 8:12 and commit to boldly share your faith with others through testimonies of what the Lord has already done in your life. Let’s help the light of Christ shine brightly around us!
TALK IT OVER
- If you could visit any year for just a day, which would it be?
- When you were in High School, what did you think the future would look like?
- How is the world we live in now different from what others had predicted in the past?
- If you were to build a house for you and your loved ones, would you choose to build it on sand or rock? Why?
- How have you seen your direction determine your destination in the past?
- In what ways can you commit to follow Christ more closely in the year ahead?
- Who is someone in your workplace, family, or community that needs to be encouraged by your faith in Christ?