Keeping a journal is probably one of the best ways for me to remember God’s work in the past – His faithfulness and steadfast love. So occasionally, I will re-read old journals to be reminded of what God’s done … and I usually also am reminded that many of the struggles I have now are not new! I’ve been there before – and so has God. In my journal, I write about the day and reflect on whatever passage from the Bible I’m read as well as writing down any quotes from books I’m reading. In reviewing a journal from 2008, I found the following quotes – that certainly speak to me as much now as they did then.
“For too long we have been in a far country: a country of noise and hurry and crowds, a country of climb and push and shove, a country of frustration and fear and intimidation. And He [God the Father] welcomes us home: home to serenity and peace and joy, home to friendship and fellowship and openness, home to intimacy and acceptance and affirmation.” – Richard Foster
“A common but futile strategy for achieving joy is trying to eliminate things that hurt: get rid of pain by numbing the nerve ends, get rid of insecurity by eliminating risks, get rid of disappointment by depersonalizing your relationships. And then try to lighten the boredom of such a life by buying joy in the form of vacations and entertainment.” – Eugene Peterson
So that brings me to two resolutions for this new year and the new decade … ones that I will probably keep repeating until the day that Christ takes me Home to heaven: (1) to find my home and rest in God in a deeper way (2) to pursue true joy – not escapes or false substitutes for it.
Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? If so, what were they?
Just FYI – other posts I wrote about resolutions: [scroll down to the bottom of the pages for the resolutions entries] 2006, 2007 , 2008
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The quote by Eugene Peterson is so insightful!! I know many who try to “lighten the boredom of such a life by buying joy in the forms of vacations and entertainment”…in fact, I know a generation, a society.
That seems odd to say when we bought a new tv this weekend. 😮 But entertainment is not, nor can ever be, the source of our family’s joy. In fact, we found ourselves wanting to ‘christen’ the new purchase tonight with a night without television. May God guard our hearts for true joy and life.