I have been attending a Weslyan church when I am home for breaks since the beginning of my time at college. I loved my previous church, but I am really starting to love this church as well. Yesterday Pastor Bud, the head pastor, spoke about not being isolated, but being insulated: a lesson in close relationships. My first thought was, “I know all about close relationships! I have about seven hundred back at Biola!” But then Pastor Bud started speaking specifically about the hard things to tackle in relationships, like forgiveness and grace. Two things that I greatly lack in my life. It’s crazy to me that I struggle so much with forgiveness, yet my Savior forgave me first. I struggle with giving out grace, but the Lord has saved me. It really hit me— I have to start loving what the Lord loves. Not for show or my own gain, but I have to let the roots of forgiveness and grace penetrate my heart in order to build stronger relationships with others. John 13:34-35 illustrate this perfectly. “A new command I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (ESV) Read that again. The world will see Jesus by our love. This takes being vulnerable, sacrificially, and humility, which takes commitment, accountability, and application. I encourage you to “give grace a chance.” That’s what I will be doing in the next few weeks. Practicing forgiveness and applying grace to my relationships, praying that the Lord’s love will abound and He will ultimately be glorified.
I’ll hold back my fresh perspective on New Year celebrating, but instead I will post my top ten resolutions for this year:
1. Become a more consistent woman of prayer.
2. Become vulnerable.
3. Land that dream internship.
4. Run that half-marathon.
5. Blog my heart out.
6. Travel to India.
7. Read 10 books on my book list.
8. Develop IFI.
9. Return to Biola, Fall 2013.
For Christians the beginning of the day should not be burdened and oppressed with besetting concerns for the day’s work. At the threshold of the new day stands the Lord who made it. All the darkness and distraction of the dreams of night retreat before the clear light of Jesus Christ and his…