There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear.
1 John 4:18a
I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I’m still alive. Let my praise be pleasing to him; I’m rejoicing in the Lord!
Have you ever made new year’s resolutions? How did it go? If you are like me, I follow through for a week or so but then I lose steam. Nearly every resolution I have set has been broken before I throw out the leftover black-eyed peas.
They say it takes about two months for something to become a habit. Whether it’s diet, exercise, sleep routines, or whatever lifestyle changes you are trying to make you need to commit to consistency for the near long-term. This is true, too, for spiritual practices.
The Psalmist makes this commitment to praise God, to sing, and rejoice! What wonderful consequences would we have if we were to commit ourselves to praise? How would this affect your friendships, your work habits, and your family relationships? What could you do every day for the next 60 days that would help you to love more and fear less?
Ever-present God, thank you for never giving up on me. I’m sorry when I struggle to make time for growing in you. Give me the courage to sift through and lay down the things that take life from me. Nurture me in your life-giving love. Amen.
Spread the news of Christ into your corners of the world.
Don’t worry about whether you have what it takes.
You are God’s beloved child, and you have been gifted with all you need to follow Jesus faithfully.
Fear less and love more.