I thought it might be worth reposting this as a reminder to myself.
Last January, I posted these two articles I wrote for Burnside:::
Does God Laugh at Our Resolutions?
Christian New Year’s Resolutions
Reading them a year later, I wish that I had done so sooner and refocused myself. I really love these two resolutions:::
Resolution: Walk humbly with God.
Resolution: Love others.
The notion of walking humbly with God is just so beautiful and peaceful. When I visited my family over the holidays, we took a few walks together. There was no agenda. We simply walked leisurely around the neighborhood, taking in the bright pinks of the flowering trees and the azure sky as we chatted. The walks were short — under half an hour — but that time we spent meandering cul-de-sacs and admiring palm trees made an impression on me. It felt meaningful even though our conversations weren’t necessarily any more meaningful than any other conversations we had during our time together. In New York City, I walk a lot, but I’m usually walking with an agenda — with a predetermined place to go and time to be there by — and am walking on my own against a crowd of strangers. Walking with someone just to enjoy their company is a much different feeling.
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That was from 2012. A lot has changed since then. My sister moved out of the city, and my mother had a stroke, so we haven’t spent the past two Christmases together. I’ve spent a lot of time walking in the city by myself. But new people have also come into my life, and I’ve spent time walking with them, both literally and figuratively. Most importantly, many of the new people that have come into my life have been helping me in my walk with God.
This week I was reflecting on 2 Peter 1: 3-11:
3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. 5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. 10 Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. 11 For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
It seems like a good passage to continually focus on this year.