Maybe I just grew up to be a teacher because of the crayons. My childlike heart always jumped just a little on those first days of school when I saw all those sharp points of color standing at attention in those bright yellow boxes. Today, that obsession has grown into sharp points on bright yellow pencils. Most people don’t get it, but I love to write with those pointed yellow sticks. My grandson looked at the pencil holder on my desk last week and said, “Mema, you sure have lots of pencils.” I just smiled and said, “I like pencils, what can I say?” Sure, Sharpies are more permanent and less maintenance, but they lack two most important qualities: the ability to be refreshed and erasers!
I’ve decided a new year can be that way too. January tends to sharpen our expectations. It’s a time to evaluate where we’ve been and determine where we want to go. If we are wise we can go ahead and decide that 2013 is going to be our best year yet. It can be our best year of marriage, parenting, friendship, work and our absolute best year with God IF we so choose.
2012 wore me down just long enough to need a little refreshing. How about you? Could you use a little refreshing? Let’s breathe deeply and sharpen our focus for the new year. In his song called “Good to Be Alive”, Jason Gray sings, “I want to live like there’s no tomorrow, love like I’m on borrowed time.” When we live that way it is good to be alive, but sometimes God asks us to walk difficult roads on our way to being refreshed. I doubt my yellow pencils enjoy having their flat ends ground into sharp points. And I’m pretty sure my kid’s broken crayons hated having their paper ripped off and their little bodies heated in the oven to make new multi-colored crayons. Sharpening and reshaping definitely isn’t fun, but I’m learning it sure is worth it! Take a look back for just a second and see how far God’s brought you. Amazing, isn’t it?
If you did take that glance backward you may have seen some things you’re not proud of. It’s okay. That’s what the eraser is for. “Now it’s time to change your ways! Turn to face God so he can wipe away your sins, pour out showers of blessings to refresh you, and send you the Messiah he prepared for you, namely, Jesus.” (Acts 3:19-20, The Message) Our sins are penciled in until the blood of Jesus erases them allowing God’s love to be inscribed on our hearts with a big, thick permanent marker.
Click here if you’d like to listen to Jason Gray’s song, Good to Be Alive
Now, let’s go make our mark on 2013!