Susan Badeau

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Christmas Extravagance & New Year's Resolutions, part 2

Posted by Sue Badeau on December 31, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Part II of the Devotional reflection which started yesterday. Inspired by Colossians 3:12-17

 

This is the time when many are making New Year’s resolutions. Really – we need to look no further than Colossians . . . . so let me re-write this passage with a bit of a twist – as a set of resolutions –

 

In 2013, Dear Lord, with your help and filled with your spirit, because I am YOUR child – chosen by you and dear to you . . . . be it resolved that

 

I will look no further for new clothes, but I will clothe myself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Give me your fashion sense, oh God, help me to rise each morning and chose these items from my closet as I adorn myself for the day.

 

I resolve to bear with and forgive the people in my life – my husband, sons, daughters, grandchildren. My work colleagues, and church brothers and sisters. My neighbors and the strangers in the grocery store and traffic lines. Even the strident politicians and purveyors of violence. While I work to make peace, I also resolve to forgive every grievance, even as you have forgiven me.

 

I resolve to put on love over all of these other items. Love will be my overcoat, my hat, my gloves, my boots. I will not leave the house without being covered and wrapped in your extravagant love for me, so that I will have it in abundance to share with all who cross my path.

 

I resolve to allow your peace to RULE in my heart. Not to have a back seat, but to be in charge. Peace will be on my tongue and in my eyes and in my hands – peace in my words and body language. Peace in my actions and intentions. Peace and gratitude.

 

And I resolve to sing more songs – songs, and hymns and spiritual songs that will continually replenish your word and your message within me so that it is truly bubbling up, spilling out, overflowing, richly dwelling within me, making its home in my heart and saturating my life with its sumptuous luxuriousness.

 

Finally, throughout the year ahead, be it resolved, that in whatever I do, whether in word or deed, I will do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

 

As God’s word dwells in us richly it does not blind us to the traumas, griefs, dangers, tragedies and atrocities I spoke of at the beginning of Part I of these reflections. No, dwelling richly in God’s word is not meant to be an escape from the hurting world around us, but rather it is what clothes and equips us to be able to go into that world with grace, with compassion, with peace and with the love of Christ as we seek to be His voice, His hands and His feet, carrying on his work and his mission in real time, in real life, in real ways.

 

So may we all have a rich and abundant life in 2013, with God’s word dwelling richly within us and spilling lavishly from us, as we also reflect with gratitude on our many blessings of 2012.

 

 

Categories: Hope for the Journey - Devotional Reflections

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2 Comments

Reply Debbie Willett
10:31 AM on December 31, 2012 
Sue, may the words you just shared be a part of all our lives. I hope you and your family have a very blessed New Year.
Reply Vonda Skelton
9:42 PM on December 31, 2012 
LOVE this post, Sue! Best New Year's resolutions I've ever read!