Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling
It’s that time of year when we look in the rearview mirror and take stock of opportunities seized and missed, of relationships strengthened and weakened, and of goals achieved and failed. Yet, the process of reflecting on the past will only prove to be helpful in as much as it will lead us to a focused future. It’s just a glance into the rearview mirror lest we crash into what lies ahead. Next, we chart our course and consider the provisions that we will need to reach our destination. Some will ambitiously scale the strenuous mountain of “diet and exercise” while others will navigate the undulating landscape of “relational reconciliation.” We call these destinations resolutions because we are resolved to reach them. But there can be detours and delays along the way—and not all of them will be sign-posted. This is why it is best to be resolved to follow the One who is the “Way” (John 14:6). In the words of King Solomon: “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps” (Proverbs 16:9). So as we move forward into 2018, let’s be resolved to follow our Lord and trust that he will guide us around detours and delays. And let’s be resolved to utilize his navigation system of Scripture, prayer, and the community of believers to discern where he is going.