January - the start of a new year – full of excitement, fresh promises and an empty calendar. Then comes February. Suddenly our calendars are no longer blank. The once crisp pages are dog-eared with reminders, and the clean slate is now a chaotic masterpiece of colorful highlights and marginal notes. If we aren’t careful, the gift of another new start transforms into the burden of yet another appointment almost overnight. But God didn’t intend for us to live in the burden of schedules. He intends for us to focus on the Hope of a new beginning, not the happenings of a new year.
But how do we keep this focus?
Scripture says thanks to Jesus’ resurrection we have “new birth into a living hope” (1 Peter 1:3). In Jesus is our new beginning, our fresh start, our eternal hope! And furthermore, the Lord doesn’t call us to this new beginning only to weigh us down with spiritual appointments and activities. Instead He tells us to, “ Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). We aren’t to fill our calendars with programs, but our lips with praise. We are to cry out Hallelujah – “Praise ye the LORD.”
As we approach our sixth annual banquet next week, this is truly our prayer. We don’t want our banquet to be just another sticky note on your calendar or another alert in your phone. We want it be an opportunity for “Another Hallelujah.” For He is always more than worthy of our praise!
Please pray that all those preparing for the banquet will have hearts of praise this week. Please pray that details will come together. Please pray that the hearts of all those attending will be ready to hear a message of hope, and ready to say Hallelujah.
We look so forward to seeing everyone on Thursday.