This is officially the first day of the brand new year. Everyone has reflected on the past 365 days, many have set resolutions for the upcoming 365, some are thankful to see the year leave, most are excited to usher in the new. The new year can be an exciting time of fresh starts and things to look forward to but it can also be a difficult time when some are struggling to fight the battle for contentment, hope, and peace.
Despite the many posts, updates, and one-liners about excitement for the new year I see all across the world of social media, there is one type of status update that remains lacking - posts from those who are struggling. 'Well, of course' you say. 'Because who posts a status update that says, "Tonight as I counted down to the New Year my heart ached and I felt lonely?" or "I'm really struggling financially this new year?" Who is going to like that?' But I wonder how many might have written something along those lines if they were brave enough to do so. It doesn't matter where you are or what time of the year it may be. The struggle and fight for contentment, to claim and live out what we know to be true in the Christian life, is real and ongoing. But let me encourage you. It is worth fighting for!
Finances will fluctuate. New Years resolutions may or may not be kept. People will come and go in our lives. Circumstances will change, jobs may become non-existent, financial status could shift drastically. The exciting Disneyland plans or vacation ideas to which you look forward for this new year may never materialize. Such are a few of the many areas in which we fight for contentment. And while all of that sounds rather bleak, I want to encourage you with something I know without a shadow of doubt will happen for the good! This time next year, Christ will still be with you. He will never leave; He will not be outsourced, changed, or made non-existent in your life. So when you find yourself in a time of trial or difficulty, when you find your heart wanting what God has not ordained, seek His face and cling to Him all the more. Because He is the only one who will be there when all else is not.