January 6, 2022

Dr. Jerry W. Light, Sr.   -  

When I was growing up in Atlanta, making New Year’s resolutions was a normal decision for adults as well as children. It was a time of beginning again, a time for realigning our dreams and desires for the future, a time for new hope for a new year. I remember eating collards and black-eyed peas as a symbol of looking for a prosperous year ahead. Today, I’m not sure just how healthy that meal was, but I am sure that setting a plan in place is very much a godly thing. God plans and purposes eternal matters and he made us in his image. We are creatures with the ability to look into the future and imagine and envision. We must use this gift to the glory of God.

In the late 1980’s Steven Covey wrote a best-selling book entitled, “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” It is the result of hundreds of hours of study and observation and interestingly enough, but not surprisingly, his discoveries of truth about life sound a lot like what you read in scripture. Covey says that before we can become mature, we must accept that we have the power to choose and that we are ultimately responsible for our choices. He uses the word “proactive” a lot. Does that sound a bit like Genesis 2-3 where God allowed Adam and Eve to face The Liar and decide whose words they would trust? They were given a choice but did not choose wisely. Think of the consequences of the power to choose! Next, Covey says, “We need to begin with the end in mind.” The point here is that unless Jesus returns in our lifetime, we are all going to die. As the scripture in Psalms 90:12 says, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” And as Hebrews 9:27 reminds us, “It is appointed unto man once to die and after that the judgment.” And as Paul wrote to the Corinthians in 2 Cor. 5:10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. 11 Knowing, therefore, the fear of the Lord, we persuade men…” As an application for beginning with the end in mind, Covey makes a wise suggestion: “Write your own funeral service.” In other words, write down what you would like to have said about your life at your funeral. This helps you to get in touch with what is most important to you. It also helps you realize that whatever you live for now ends up being what you eventually died for.

Are you living for what you honestly believe is worth dying for? God gives us the time and opportunity to do just that! He gives us the instruction in his word that shows us how to live for what is truly worth dying for and he gives us strength through his Holy Spirit and the fellowship of other brothers and sisters in Christ to experience just such a life! In just a few days we will be stepping into 2022, whether we like it or not! Approach the New Year with a commitment to pray and seek God’s will daily. He alone can guide us through 2022. God bless you all!

 

In Jesus’ love,
Dr. Jerry Light