A New Year, But Only If You Choose
At the stroke of midnight on December 31st, we will close the book on 2020 and enter a new year and new decade. Many are ready to say goodbye to what has unquestionably been one of the most difficult years of our lives. However, just because we change the date on the calendar, doesn’t mean that we actually change anything. New Year’s Day may mean something to us, but it doesn’t mean much to the circumstances.
If you were out of work in 2020, a new year doesn’t guarantee a new job. If you were facing sickness in 2020, a new year doesn’t mean healing. If you had a great 2020, 2021 doesn’t promise more. In other words, a date on the calendar is just that— a date. I write this, not to discourage you, but to focus you. As we enter a new year, do so knowing that true hope doesn’t come with a holiday, it comes from the Father in heaven who gives good gifts to His children.
If you desire 2021 to look different than 2020, then you must make some key decisions. Last year we began the year with a series called “Habitudes” (here’s a link). In that series I asked you to think about where you wanted to be in the year 2030 then decide three key disciplines you needed to embrace to walk in that direction. What key decision do you need to make concerning your spiritual life, your health and finances? I am certain 2020 tested those disciplines. Today is a good day to take a look back, reevaluate, and prayerfully put into practice those habits that will build a better future. I believe in you and I’m praying for you!
This Sunday, Jenna and I are looking forward to celebrating Jesus in the first service of the new year with you. Whether you are tuning in online or coming in person, I have great expectation for all God is going to do!
A few important notes coming into this weekend:
- January 3rd-10th is a week of prayer and fasting. We will have a devotional and prayer point posted on our Facebook page so you can join with us. Our campus will be closed for all non-essential activities that week. Please call if you need something.
- Ascend and Grace Kids will have no midweek during the first week, check their Facebook pages for online content.
- Grace Kids Jr (0-4) will not be available this weekend.
- Our winter quarter of Grace Groups begin January 13th. You can sign up now.
Last, as we come together we need your help as we gather together responsibly:
- If you are age 65+ or have a health concern, please consider joining our service via the livestream.
- Practice physical distancing of 6ft or more.
- Families sit together.
- Stay at home if you are not feeling well.
- Use a face covering to and from your seat and when interacting with others. This is showing honor for one another.
- Practice good hygiene.
Jenna and I love you and appreciate your thoughts and prayers. We are doing very well and expect to be out of our own quarantine this weekend. Continue to pray for our church family and community that is currently suffering from this virus and remember, Jesus gets the final word!!!