Finishing Well

18 12 2008

Hey guys,


Well, this will be the last e-mail devotional for the year.  I’m heading home for Christmas today and I’m sure many of you are hitting the road or will be traveling soon as well.  As you are wrapping up finals and shopping and doing all your end of the year things, I encourage you to prepare your heart to finish well.  This advent season we’ve been looking at preparing our hearts for the arrival of Christ and as we celebrate that event and look toward the next year, let’s look at the past with the anticipation of the future.


One of the cool things about being a Christ-follower is that we see Christ’s birth as the hope of something better.  The Jews had been waiting a long time for a Messiah and even though He didn’t exactly come the way they anticipated He would, He brought with Him the promise of hope for salvation and restoration.  It’s this hope that we can rest in as we finish 2008 and look on to 2009. 


I don’t know what your 2008 was like.  Maybe it had a lot of high points and only a few low ones…maybe it was the other way around.  I turned 30 this year, which turned out to be not as catastrophic as I thought it would be.  We had some crazy floods change many peoples’ lives and some crazy celebrities disturb many peoples’ living rooms.  We elected our first African American president and we saw gas prices yo-yo.  Whatever your year saw it was in God’s hands and whatever 2009 will see, it’s in God’s hands.


As 2008 now comes to a close
I’m tempted to measure the cons and the pros;
How did I grow and improve and seek change?
Were my yearly goals just too out of range?

My guess is-some of your goals were achieved,
While others were tougher than you had believed.
And now your emotions are mixed up at best,
Not knowing if you really have passed the growth test!

I think the best way to close a year well
Is not to punish yourself where you fell;
The best way to redeem those regrets and those fears
Is to lay a good plan for the upcoming year.

Tim Elmore – Growing Leaders, Inc.


Leave the irreparable past in His hands, and step out into the irresistible future with Him. – Oswald Chambers


But you will not leave in haste
       or go in flight;
       for the LORD will go before you,
       the God of Israel
will be your rear guard.

Isaiah 52:12 (TNIV)


May your Christmas be a celebration and may your New Year be blessed!  See you next year!



To the King!






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