Happy New Year, Everyone! I love starting a New Year because it always feels like there is so much hope on the horizon. And we sure need a whole lot of hope these days!
But the truth is that we never know how the year will unfold. 2020 is a great example. In January we heard many puns based on 2020 vision, as people predicted that they would have perfect sight that year. Yet that year blindsided us all. When 2021 approached, we thought things would look up. However, 2021 was also a tough year for many of us as well.
Will 2022 be a better year? We don’t know that yet. And honestly the truth is that every year will have low points and high points. This might make us feel a bit nervous, because we can’t control what comes our way. But there is hope and there is something we can do to help guide our year.
A few weeks ago I saw a meme on social media that said, “Too many people think the grass is greener somewhere else, but the grass is green where you water it. Remember that.”
This hit me because it’s so true and because there is so much we can learn from this. We don’t know what each day will bring, but throughout the year we can take steps to water the good things in our lives. We can set aside time with the Lord and water our connection to Him. We can spend time with loved ones and water those relationships as well. We can focus on our careers and water our growth in that area. We can practice gratitude and water our attitude. We can set aside time for rest and water our souls. We can eat better and exercise and water our health.
Perhaps you have already written down your New Years Resolutions or chosen a word for the year. Or maybe you are the type that finds New Years too depressing and you skip all those traditions. Either way, I hope you will join me and prayerfully consider what things you might water in your life over the next twelve months.
“The LORD will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.” – Isaiah 58:11
© 2022 Bridget A. Thomas