Gratitude & Anticipation

I Chronicles 16:34—“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”


2018 is behind us and as 2019 unfolds, we are each presented with a new book, the pages and chapters each waiting to be written. How will you choose to write 2019?

One principle that I have found important to practice in my life is the regular and ongoing dance between gratitude and anticipation. I need to be grateful for all God has done in my life, my family, my church, and more. But I also need to remember that He is not finished with me – or any of us – yet. And therefore, I need to live with a renewed hope and anticipation that the days ahead are brimming with possibilities and opportunities to love God and others and to fulfill His purposes.

Take a moment today and reflect once again on the many blessings God has placed in your life. Then stop and pray, “God use me and make me useable. May I be faithful to advance your purposes and obey your Word and Your will with greater zeal in 2019. Amen.”