New Year: Don’t Carry What’s Not Yours

\”It’s all God’s children singing,

Glory, glory, hallelujah!

He reigns!”

“He Reigns” by Newsboys

The end of 2017 attempted to carry a few heavy stones into 2018. In a last minute attempt, it attempted to heap boulders of doubt and fear onto my shoulders, and it even succeeded for a few days. (OK, maybe more than a few days. Maybe until this morning.)

See, my friends, I had forgotten a very significant fact: God is in charge. And he already redeemed me, so I don’t have to carry those burdens anymore.

I’m still trying to remind myself that I don’t have to carry anything my Heavenly Father didn’t give me, and friends, let me tell you, he didn’t give you or me doubt and fear.

The past few years have been strange and somewhat uncertain in their events, at least in my life. Not all of it has been bad, but I can’t honestly tell you that I’m sad to see 2017 go.

At the end of December, I started feeling apprehensive about 2018, wondering what new oddities and surprises it would bring. But, I don’t feel that way anymore.

Don’t think I am saying that the new year will be a ball of fun — I’m sure it will have its own share of hardships and strangeness. Rather, I am saying that this new year we’ve come into is a year of renewal and revival. It is time to lean into our faith and what we are called to do. It is a year for rediscovery and for seeing that God has all things in his hand. We cannot trip up on the stumbling blocks that are laid before us; rather, we must push on and remember where we are heading.

We were informed by Christ himself that we would have troubles. In John 16: 33, Christ said “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

We don’t have to fear what the world throws at us, but it can be so hard to remember that. When problems stack up around you and seem to be attacking you from all sides, it can be difficult to remember that God is with you. He has never left you and will not leave you, no matter what you face. If you, like me, have encountered these situations in the past, you know how alone and broken you can feel. We must remember that the “thief came to steal, kill and destroy,” but Christ came to give abundant life, as it says in John 10:10 — don’t live in the darkness, but come out into the light.

My friends, I pray that you put down whatever Satan tries to thrust into your life — it’s not yours anymore. All the lies, all the half-truths and darkness don’t belong to you anymore. You are a child of God, and you’ve taken on the yoke of Christ.

Anything heavier than that is unnecessary.