All Things New!
A New Year's Devotional & Habit Planner
Because he has come,
everything can change.
Friday | December 30
Psalm 115:2-8 Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases. Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands. They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see. They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell. They have hands, but do not feel; feet, but do not walk; and they do not make a sound in their throat. Those who make them become like them; so do all who trust in them.
This Psalm is a boast in the power of the living God, however, it also contains a warning to worshippers of false gods - those who worship them become like them. All of life is worship. Even in our small places in life, we are always worshiping something. So when we think about who we are becoming and how we want to change, we must not just consider the big moments, but the ordinary patterns and rituals of our lives - for these are also places of worship. Often, unfortunately, they are places of false worship. Perhaps you engage in a small pattern of jealously each morning when, for example, you wake and mindlessly scroll images of other peoples' lives on social media. You would never say it out loud, but in your heart, you are comparing. This is a small ritual of worship, and it is forming you.
This morning, think about small patterns like this in your day and ask yourself: If I want to become the kind of person I expressed in my vision, what kinds of small daily and weekly actions need to be happening? Keep in mind what you might have to stop doing in order to make room for what you want to start doing.
Finish your chart by writing these daily and weekly patterns down.
Morning Kneeling Prayer
Father, I pray that I would
enter this day as your Son
entered the world, full of love
Midday Kneeling Prayer
Jesus, I pray that I would be present in my work as you were present in this world, full of humility and service.
Evening Kneeling Prayer
Holy Spirit, I pray that I would be at peace in my rest knowing that you came to bring peace to the world, and will one day bring rest to all things. Amen.