WHAT WILL BE THE “COULD HAVE BEENS” FOR 2019?
I read last week a short story of Fred Could-have-been, whose reputation of never committing, never following through left him stuck in a world of half-finished projects where the longer he put things off, the worse it got.
A couple of lines from Henry Lawson’s poem “Peter Anderson & Co.” – a different name, but tells the same story
“but his real name was careless, as his fellows understood…
…men who might have been, who had been
but who were not in the swim”
So, what’s this got to do with us? A month of 2019 has “snuck past” quietly. February is here and what has the Lord spoken to us about already? What does He want us to know and do? What in His Word has resonated? What need or opportunity has He placed before you that if carelessly put off, results in another “could have been”?
If only I started each day in prayer and in His Word
If only I had turned the TV off and talked with my kids
If only I had forgiven ……………………………
If only I had connected in a Net-Work Group, I could have been more supported, better equipped and more effective in my life
If only I made the effort with my wife, we “could have been” in a better place together
If only I had taken Jesus at His word, responded to the conviction of His Spirit I “could have been” free of this sin
If only I had helped my brother when his need was so great instead of being too scared to get involved
If only I trusted the Lord with “MY” money, there “could have been” treasure in Heaven and people blessed with the knowledge of His love
If only I had responded to God’s ability instead of relying on what I thought I knew and could do myself
If only I had …………………………………………………………
There is no good reason to live in a world of “Could-have-beens” or “if onlys”.
We are invited to come and surrender, to trust and follow, to find rest for our souls in the power and purposes of God. We are invited into so much more than good intentions: We are called to “be conformed to the likeness of His Son.” Rom. 8:29
“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus Himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than receive.’” Acts 20:35
Praying that we will know what the “well done” of 2019 needs to be.
Blessings, Michael and Lyn.