Happy New Year!
Today is the first of day of a brand new year – 2012. Regardless of how your 2011 was or ended, today offers a new beginning and an opportunity to begin anew. Wither you make New Year resolutions or not, there is something refreshing and reaffirming about the turning of our calendars and the resetting of our annual clocks to a proverbial zero.
As 2012 lies out before us like an unwritten book, what chapters would you like to see be a part of your story this year? Let me ask it a different way; how can you make a difference this year?
Not sure how you, a lone person, can make a difference? Does the idea of you being a force for change in the world sound a bit farfetched to you? Remember the story of Noah? Yes that story, the one with the ark and the animals and the flood. Noah was one man and he made all the difference in the world.
We read in Genesis 6 5-6 that God looked at the world that he had created and all he saw was wickedness and evil. In fact there was so much of it on earth that verse 6 tells us that God was actually sorry that he had even created the earth in the first place. God was ready to destroy all he had made until he saw Noah.
“But Noah was different; God liked what he saw in Noah.” Genesis 6:8 (The Message)
Noah was different. In a world full of wickedness, sin and evil, Noah chose to do something different from everyone else and he followed God. Noah was the lone candle of light in a world full of darkness. Think of the impact of this one person. God was ready to scrap the world he had created until he saw Noah. “But Noah” suddenly takes on a whole new meaning in that context. Because of the faithful actions of one man the destiny of the world is changed.
Because of Noah, God chose to save him and his family and start again using Noah as the catalyst for the rebirth of the human race. Because of Noah and his faithfulness you and I are here today.
In a world as complex and fast paced as ours is today it is very easy to get caught up in the comings and goings of our daily lives and forget that as Christians we are called to stand for something different from everyone else. We every often can forget that we should be, are required, to be different. We forget the power that one person can have.
My prayer for each of us this coming year is that we become more like Noah each and every day. By our faith and our committed actions displaying that faith we show the world around us that we are not only different, but the amazing power that our difference makes in both out lives and in those we encounter.
May each of us be able to stand strong in the face of adversity and a counter-culture that may not understand or even support us. May each of us continue to follow and serve God despite what goes on in the world around us. May each of us have a Noah 2012.