The first thing I usually reach for in the morning is a cup of coffee. We have a collection of coffee mugs, including several from Starbuck shops around the world. Today, I chose this one that I got at a Promise Keepers event more than a decade ago. For most of that time I kept pens and pencils in it. Now I'm putting it back into circulation as a coffee mug. I need to be reminded about who I choose to serve everyday.
In this coming year, it seems like uncertainty will reign at all levels, on a personal level, state, national and international. There seems to no guarantees for anything. Psalm 23 is a direct promise from God. He's a protector and a guide and somebody who looks out for my best interest. These are the first Bible verses I read this year. I need to drill them into my heart everyday.
Will the divisions in our country and the world continue this year? It's an age where people so easily trash talk each other with the ultimate threat of "unfriending" you. You can unfriend me, but I urge you to not unfriend Jesus. He's the only thing that makes sense in this world and the only one who provides real hope.