The Holidays Are Over (ish)

The family and I had a beautiful day yesterday.  We celebrated Christmas with family and friends.  I did say that the holidays are over (ish).  My daughter has two more mini-nutcracker performances to do in the next two days.  Then, it's on to the next thing.

The Christmas music stops.  The holiday lights are turned off.  The decorations are stored up, and we move on.

But where are we going?

I have always found that this time of the year is a great time to reflect on the past and plan for the future.

Romans 15:13  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The key to your future isn't found in being more frugal or generous.  Those things are a matter of good stewardship or managership.  The key to your future is found in your faith.  A faith that trusts God with your future.  God keeps His promises, and that is supposed to fill you with hope.  Hope then leads you to joy and peace.  But this joy and peace are qualified.  ". . . as you trust in him, . . ."

Then a big key to your success is found in the power of the Holy Spirit.  I cannot overemphasize this enough.  The Holy Spirit leads us.  Often times though we don't consider where He is leading us.  The  Holy Spirit leads us into our future.  If we follow, we will discover all that God created us for and to experience.  If we don't, then our future is in our own hands.  While the motivational gurus and leadership icons would love to tell you that you can create your future - it doesn't mean it's the one that God created for you.

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, show me the way.  AMEN

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