True in 2014
“The 22 Most Embarassing Pages of the 1990 JCPenney Christmas Catalog” might be an unlikely place to find my inspirational thought for 2014, but there it was.
This sweater – or something like it – was my dream. Pretty, soft and pastel. Girls who wore sweaters like that were beautiful. The kind of girls who styled their hair and had boyfriends and went to homecoming. Not girls like me, who had frizzy red hair, who lived on a farm and rode the bus to school, who’s big social engagement was youth group at church.
That pretty pink sweater – I was convinced if only I had that, it would make me happy. But here it is now, nothing more than a joke on the internet.
Lately, I have been thinking about how easy it is to be deceived by lies, to become convinced that the lies are true. This book I reviewed spurred my thinking. A family member made a drastic, devastating decision because he believed something that wasn’t true.
A couple weeks ago, I was feeling pretty bummed. Home alone on a Friday night. As I surfed through Facebook, looking at everyone’s party pictures, I was wishing if only this or that were different.
But then I clicked on that funny link and it made me think. Would “this or that” really answer my heart’s desire? Maybe I was just wishing for another aqua sweater. What if I measure every thought that I take into my heart and only accept what is true? What if I make decisions and live every day based not on what is currently before my eyes, but on what is eternally true?
True – that is my word for 2014. And how to know what’s true? Check out this verse featured in Our Daily Bread on Dec. 30: The one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then He said to me “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:5
Jesus said that He is the truth. I think I’ll be spending a lot of time with my Bible in 2014. Learning and believing what is TRUE.