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For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God. May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Approaching a New Year
In a couple of days, we’ll be in a new year. And although we might not want to admit it, we actually have a limited amount of control over what’s going to happen. I mean, I think we can pretty much draw a line through international relations and national politics; those are above and beyond our control. And within our community, the economy will be shaped by a lot of factors, and in the church, for everything we do to meet a personal need, someone else will probably feel as though we’re neglecting them. And even in our personal lives, we’d all like to think that we’ll be healthy and happy, but let’s get real, bad things happen to good people. That’s just the way it was and will always be.
Still there are some things over which we do have control, and some of them are listed by Paul in the passage we read. For example, we can decide to lead lives that bring glory to Jesus Christ, lives that reflect his will and his love. And we can try our best to be both strong and patient along with working a little joy and thanksgiving into our attitude. In other words, as we approach this new year, with all it’s potential and opportunities, we can choose to live as though we actually believe that we’ve been rescued from the darkness and brought into the light.