2014: the year of following

I think the calendar says that it’s January 1st, 2014. But I’m not so certain that 2013 is over. It probably won’t feel like it’s over until February or March, when I can finally write the date correctly the first time.

I thought about making a New Year’s resolution, but then I got tired. Somehow, in the middle of helping plan and execute plans for a wedding, my energy to resolve is low. I was talking to Jesus yesterday about this, and I got this feeling that He was okay with me not resolving.

He just asked me to follow.

And peace rained down from Heaven.

2014 is the year where I will walk with Jesus on the path He has picked for me. It’s the best one. We will walk side by side so I can grasp His hand and lean on Him when I get tired, but He will lead.

Do you know how much work it is to blaze your own trail? Especially without all the tools you need? Sometimes I try to do that, but I just end up getting scratched by all the thorny plants in my way. And I wonder why it doesn’t feel good.

I tend to lead, even when I don’t know what’s going on. It’s not a helpful or constructive tendency. It doesn’t get me very far, and if it does, it just gets me far from God.

I know everyone has a different experience with God, and it’s colored by the way the people of God portray Him. But the more time I spend with God, the more I feel that He’s more interested in dusting me off and cleaning up my scrapes and bruises that I’ve garnered from choosing my own path and leading me back to the path where I can walk with Him than berating me and making sure I know how wrong I was.

His yoke is easy, and His burden is light. I think that’s because we don’t bear it alone.

So that’s my goal in 2014, to follow and bear the light burden.

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