A couple of weeks ago I was meeting with a family who has one of their children in our after school program. The father was reflecting on how blessed his family was over this past year. They were relatively free from sickness, his work has been steady and the service the Y is providing has been great.
As we launch into a new year it is good to do some reflection. Review your own path – do you still have a passion to grow in your personal life and your professional life? Do you desire to cultivate your walk with God or begin that experience? Do you anticipate your future with hope and wonder? The Bible reminds us to look at the past – toward the “old paths.” Jeremiah warned Judah of invasion as Nebuchadnezzar prepared his army to sack both Jerusalem and the temple. He declared – “thus says the Lord: Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls.” (Jeremiah 6:16)
I ended my conversation with this father talking about the days ahead. Beginning a new year is also the season of anticipation – the chance to hit the “reset” button. Let’s anticipate the faithfulness of the Lord in this year, remembering that His truth never changes. Jesus finished one of His parables by declaring – “Do business until I come back.” (Luke 19:13) Let’s have a great year together serving our staff, volunteers, and members/families as we “do business” at our YMCAs.
By Bob Reichen, Vice President of Christian Mission Advancement and Chaplain.