Monday, December 31, 2012

To Make Much of Christ in 2013

The weary soldier collapsed on his cot and kicked his battle worn boots on the ground beneath.

The Commander nodded and handed the soldier a pair of new boots  saturated with the aroma of fresh leather.

"Ah! New boots for battle, sir. Thank you, sir."

The optimistic Commander smiled, "Why, not only for battle, chap! These too shall be worn in victory... Great victory that still lies beyond the horizon. It won't be long now. We'll be going home soon."

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We stand at the brink of a finish line, and say farewell to another year gone by.

We are battle weary, and wonder when Jesus will call us Home to Glory — when this earthly life shall be no more.

Maybe this year was for you a year of unfulfilled dreams and longings. You are... still... waiting. Waiting for hope, waiting for the fulfillment of your dreams. And maybe your dreams are good, RIGHT things, but they haven't come to fruition and you are frustrated at God. Why isn't Psalms 37:4 coming to pass in your life? "Delight thyself also in the Lord, and he shall give thee the desires [for] thine heart." *italics by me.

Psalms 37:4 and 5 have been my personal life verses since I was in high school. Quite frankly, I am not who I dreamed I would be then. When I was fifteen, I journaled of my hopes to be a Pastor's wife or a missionary one day. When I was eighteen, I liked the idea of being a young wife & mom... still of course, married to a somebody in ministry like, to a missionary in some foreign land like Africa or something.

Years later, today, I am none of those.

Instead, I rent a little place inside someone else's home in Colorado. I work at Chick-fil-A, and I have a part time photography business. (Yeah. I'm not riding elephants in Africa or anything like that!)

Have I unfulfilled dreams? You bet! Are they wrong desires? Not at all. But WHAT am I doing with my dreams?

Just recently, the Lord asked me to bow my knee (once again) in obedience to Him, to whatever He asks, to wherever He wants to send me. 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20 says,"...know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own. For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."

My life is Christ's. Jesus longs that I would place my expectation & hope in Him. When I love Jesus more than my dreams, and HE is my life, I WILL make MUCH of Christ — no matter what He asks me to do.

I won't lie to you. I am a little nervous about what lies beyond the horizon. I don't know what 2013 will hold. But I'm deciding to let Him handle my unknown. He's big enough! His grace has carried me through 2012, and His grace will be what carries me through 2013  no matter what the days may bring.

My prayer is that 2013 wouldn't be a year filled with my own striving to make MY dreams come to fulfillment, but that it'd be a year to make much of Christ  whether great loss or great gain.

And so my friend, step into the unknown with the Savior who knows all things. Pick up your "new boots" (as the soldier). Receive fresh grace and daily bread from the One who will carry us through all our tomorrows.

Cheer up, dear soul. It won't be long now.

We're going Home soon.



“If God is on our side — and He is — what need do we have for fear?”

2 comments:

Monica Nicole said...

This was a blessing to me tonight, Leah. I love you so much! <3

Samantha R said...

Sometimes God has better plans for our lives than we could have imagined. Sometimes He wants us to stay right where we are and serve Him; even in the "mundane" every day life. And so long as we Glorify Him with all we do, what could be better?
We are serving our Lord, Jesus Christ! We are living in HIS will, unashamedly. We are living out the legacy and heritage that He has given us. Praise Him!