“Let there be light”
In the bible, in the very first book on the very first page, the first recorded spoken words from God are “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3-4). The Lord could have said anything, but He chose to separate darkness from light. Right from the beginning, the Lord sets the stage for us to be pulled out of the darkness into the light. I love the idea of the beginning of the year, clean diary, clean journal, new and clean 12 months to start again.
So, I wrote these words as the first words of 2023, “Let there be light”. That has become the statement of faith and proclamation for the year, the lens through which I see the world and navigate the year ahead. I then gave some thought to how to make this practical:
- Gratitude – Get a small book to carry around with you in your handbag and throughout the day write down things you are grateful for. (Since we are in the digital age you can also use an app).
- Pray – Prayer lifts our focus away from ourselves and unto the Lord. So, pray often throughout your day especially for others (praying for others is so rewarding).
- Sing – Raise a Hallelujah and watch the darkness flee. (I love me some hymns)
As you make your New Year’s resolutions (or faith statements) for 2023, let there be light (Jesus) in every area and situation, and the darkness will flee.