And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
~ Colossians 4:3-6 ~
Happy New Year! I pray that it is blessed and joyful and that you may find peace in God.
New Year’s Eve and Day are often marked with gatherings, festivities, and resolutions. To many, the time marks a period of reflection; to others, it’s a period of renewal. While many people have noted that those resolutions or goals made are often halfhearted, they are not without merit. Though people are bound to make commitments they can’t keep, I think there is one that we should strive to follow not only this year, but always.
Besides happy New Year, Carpe Diem, harvest or seize the day, is also a phrase often used. We say it to people who should take a chance, regardless whether they should or not! What chances should we take though? What opportunities should we make? In short, we should make opportunities for God, opportunities to share His Gospel.
In this time of renewal, let’s keep in mind the words from Colossians. Let us “make the most of every opportunity” by keeping in mind and check how we lead our lives so that we can make the most of every opportunity we have with those around us. We are letter la read by everyone. When we make these new resolutions, are we making them with the Lord in mind?
We are frequently reminded that the time of the New Year is a last day for many. But how many days could be our last? How can we make the most our days while the harvest is ripe for the Gospel? It is not easy, but allowing the Lord to refine and mold us as ministers of His Gospel is a worthy goal.
Many make commitments that aren’t worth much, but remember that we just passed the time of year that we celebrate the Lord’s fulfillment of His commitment to save our lives, our souls. He came and lowered Himself to human flesh and death on a cross to save us from our sins, and that promise was made from the beginning!
With this in mind, How much better could we spend our time on this earth than making the most of every opportunity, seizing each day as a blessing the Lord has given us, and looking forward to the Lord’s coming as we share His Gospel with all? Let us resolve this next year, then, to share the Salvation of our Lord to all, for in Him we truly are renewed, and more than another year, we have Life in His Name.
When the right and opportune moment comes for speaking, say something that will edify.
~Thomas a Kempis
Blessings to you and yours,