Order my steps in thy word: and let not
any iniquity have dominion over me.
On January the first were
you excited about the “New Year” and all it symbolizes… a clean slate, a
fresh start, a second chance, and a new beginning? Did you start the morning
off with high expectations of what you desired to accomplish in the next
twelve months? I wonder, did you like myself, enthusiastically put pen to
paper jotting down your goals or resolutions? Maybe, next you promised God
and yourself that this year will be different from the last one. This year
you are determined to make wise choices, to read through the “Bible”, to be
less critical, to have a daily quite time, to be punctual, to lose those
extra pounds, to reach out in compassion, to let order and peace reign in
your home, to be an encourager, and even seek God’s will for your life.
These are all noble and excellent goals to have made. The question we all
should ask ourselves is, “What steps do we need to take for this year to end
It has been said, that a
journey of a thousand miles begins with just one step. Making that first
step in the right direction is easy. What is so vitally important is the
direction of the steps that follow. Therein lies the challenge! Why? Because
from day one the enemy –Satan- will be waiting with anticipation at every
cross road and rest stop of our journey; with speed traps of business, sink
holes of adversity, blind spots of doubt, roadblocks of confusion, and sand
traps of hopelessness to discourage us from staying on course. Only by
following different directions, changing lanes, and traveling on a new path
not littered with old attitudes and thought processes can we expect the next
twelve months to be any different from the last.
The difference comes when we
are willing to exchange our old path for the scriptural path found in God’s
word. In Psalms 119:105 the scripture says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my
feet, and a light unto my path.” A lamp is only used in the darkness for
taking one step at a time. It is not a flashlight, floodlight or high beam
headlight for seeing down the road or path. This truth contains the secret!
God intends for us to focus on our next step not on our next mile… one step
at a time! This is what will have made the difference when December the
thirty first of two thousand eight rolls around.
God bless you until our next