Happy Gardening New Year!

Wishing all my gardening and theology friends a Happy New Year!  Isn’t it amazing how many flowers look like fireworks?  I was thinking about that this morning as I was watching the westward setting of the biggest, most beautiful full moon I can ever remember on a New Year’s Day.  Looking eastward over Lake Michigan with the air so cold that lake-effect clouds hug the coastline, I watched as the sun bravely rose into an otherwise clear sky.  A frigid January 1, 2018.  But beauty everywhere!

As I do every year, my New Year’s begins by thanking God for all this beauty and reflecting on last year’s garden and last year’s living.  I am reminded that every year it’s the same thing: my garden had show-stoppers and total flops.  Just like my life in 2017.

But it’s a New Year and while it’s really just a calendar turn, it does mean planning for this year’s show-stoppers and knowing I’ll also have my share of flops. 

New Year’s self-improvement resolutions aren’t my thing anymore because I know the disappointment of planning for show-stoppers, but living in the real world where there are flops I try to avoid and those beyond my control.  Rain.  Drought.  Heat.  Cold.  It’s life outside of Eden.

My main resolutions, therefore, are positive and my hope of a beautiful garden of fruit for God’s glory includes sowing these things:  

  • Resolving to be faithful and pray before speaking. 
  • Resolving to forgive readily. 
  • Resolving to be brave when boldness is needed. 
  • Resolving to be patient when patience is required.
  • Resolving to thank God for so many wonderful blessings and the beauty of this earth. 
  • Resolving to be found hard at work when Jesus returns.

What about you?  If your life is a garden, what will you plant this year?  


Categories Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals, In the Garden, Inspiration | Tags: | Posted on January 1, 2018

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