You see, hindsight is always 20/20. It is easy to say what one should have done. It is clear how things should have turned out. But life is not about hindsight.
Life is about leaning on God and giving our messes to Jesus.We can’t see the big picture beforehand but we can trust God and proceed prayerfully. Even when things don’t turn like we’d like, hope is not gone. It’s not time for a graceful exit. It’s time for a grace filled exit: We give our messes to Jesus and ask him to create something beautiful out of them. And Jesus will pour out grace upon grace!
We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan. (Romans 8:28, VOICE)
This applies also for you and the year 2013. No matter how many regrets you have, Jesus is ready to deal with them. No matter how many messes you’ve made, grace is more powerful than any tangles. And there is always more grace than you need. No need to drag your baggage to the New Year.
So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law. (Gal. 5:1, NLT)
It is possible to make a grace filled exit of 2013.
It is possible to start 2014 with a clean slate.
It is possible to live fully and live free.
Thanks be to God.
We come to you as this near ends.
We thank you for so many good things in our lives.
We also thank for challenges
and your continual presence in our lives.
But we also have some regrets and shame.
Forgive us for the messes we’ve made.
Cover us with your grace.
Give us a grace filled exit of this year
and a hope filled start for a new year.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: How was your year 2013? Are you ready for 2014?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you make a grace-filled exit of 2013!
Photo courtesy of Sandara Lee, design by Mari-Anna Stålnacke. Linking up today with Sharing His Beauty, Hear it on Sunday, use it on Monday, Playdates with God, and counting blessings with Ann Voskamp: #1078 There is always more grace than we need.Pin It