Remember Y2K? How much needless worry and panic was spilled over mostly nothing? That’s my impression of 2016 – people got all stirred up over first one thing and then another, wasting countless hours watching “news” about what might happen and wasting a lot of energy shouting about it.
Imagine what news channels would have done with the circumstances of Roman occupation and oppression in Jesus’ day. Public whippings and crucifixions, unjust demands by soldiers imposed upon ordinary citizens. And yet, Jesus largely ignored all that, focusing instead on more important aspects of reality. Such as loving one’s neighbor. Such as learning to see the world through His eyes, so “the truth will set your free.” Such as learning not to worry but trusting your Heavenly Father. What if, in 2017, we dared to follow His example? What if we dared to stop defining reality by what the media says and instead asked God to show us what really matters?
20 We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. (1 John 5:20)
18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:18)
Grace and peace to you all this new year!