As 2013 quickly approaches, I am hearing all about New Year’s resolutions, theme scripture verses, theme songs, or even choosing a single word to help define the coming year. And, although I am usually quite against setting resolutions, per se, the inspiring power behind setting a theme all your own for 2013 is awesome to me! So, let me encourage you all to choose an empowering theme scripture to guide your own way in the coming year, or, at the very least, choose One Word to encompass your hopes and dreams for 2013.
My word for 2013: PUSH ~~PUSH forward, PUSH beyond, PUSH yourself, PUSH (and encourge) others, PUSH through. PUSH!
Day 28 reading: Genesis, chapters 46-47
Have you ever had a dear friend that you haven’t seen in ages, and when you finally see them the joy is just uncontrollable? You run together, like something out of a romantic comedy, and hug and cry and are just so filled with excitement and happiness? That’s such fun and such a special reunion. Now, imagine if that person were your own father, with whom you had a close bond.
As soon as Joseph appeared before him, he threw his arms around his father and wept for a long time.” (46:29, NIV)
Isn’t it a beautiful scene? Doesn’t it just make you smile to just read of Israel and Joseph’s heartfelt reunion?
I wonder how Joseph’s brothers were able to accept his high position in Egypt? They were jealous of him before for being their father’s favorite son. But now they were also dealing with Joseph being a national hero and savior for the Egyptians through seven years of hard drought. I’m sure everywhere they turned, they heard, “Joseph this…” and “Joseph that…” Hopefully their hearts were changed by this point in history and they found their way around the jealousy to see that God had worked through them all the entire time and that this was their end result.
Friends, I want to be better at seeing the end result, big picture, before I make costly mistakes. I want to be able to see the good in people before I have the opportunity to first see the bad and stick my foot in my mouth. I want to do the will of the Lord in my life, no matter the cost, and I want to have the forgiveness and foresight of Joseph to see that even the pain is all in God’s plan for the big picture. Every day of our chronological journey through the Bible, I can feel my footing getting stronger and more supportive. I can feel God smiling down on us as we read His Word, sometimes scratching our heads, but nose in the book, working through and working for that foundation in Him! Now is a great time to PUSH forward!
Make it a great day,
Day 29 Reading: Genesis, chapters 48-50 (the last day in Genesis)