As we enter the final days of 2019, closing out this decade, and starting the twentieth year of this millennium, it’s common to think on plans and goals for the future. To what places might you travel? Who haven’t you seen in a long time? What’s on your bucket list? One thing people often wonder at times like this, is how they can be a better person. What habits need to be broken, and what positive changes need to begin? While many people know of God, they long for a relationship with Him, and wonder what they need to do in order to be saved. Each day we turn on the news and hear shocking stories of the loss of life. A few days ago a family’s remains were found following a helicopter tour over the Hawaiian Islands. Just when they thought they were living their best life.... How can we ensure that although we physically die, we live an everlasting life in Heaven with God the Father? This same question was asked many years ago by a lawyer seeking to test Jesus’s knowledge.
I ask you, as we enter 2020, do you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind? Do you love your neighbor as yourself? Honestly, to me the first part is easier than the second part. God is good all the time, people are not.
As you think on your goals, and the personal changes you want to make in 2020, how can you truly live a life that is devoted to God, and the plans He has for you? In what ways can you improve at loving your neighbors? In regards to the parable Jesus told, the first person who ignored the man’s needs was a priest - one who has been ordained as a minister. He crossed to the other side of the road to avoid having to get involved. The second person who could have helped was a Levite, a man of similar background as the wounded man. He too, crossed to the other side of the road. We are not told why these two did not help. Maybe they were afraid they would also be robbed and beaten. Maybe they didn’t know how they could help. Maybe they thought the man was already dead. The third person was a Samaritan, who in those days would be the least likely person to help a Jew. The Samaritans were known as half-breeds, half Jew and half Gentile. They worshiped false, pagan gods, and idols. Additionally, the Samaritans would do detestable things such as pouring pigs’ blood in the temple to make it unclean for the Jews polluting their holy place. Yet, we see that it was a Samaritan who took pity on the dying man. He took six different steps to ensure the man would be okay.
In 2020, how can you behave more like the Samaritan? In what situation do you need to speak up or take action rather than pretending you don’t see what is happening? What relationships need to be mended? I wrote in a blog last year, that we can make great change with just one step. What one step might you need to take? Additionally, who might you need to forgive? Who do you begrudge for ignoring your needs? The priest in the example makes me think about church hurt. The Levite, of similar background as the dying Jew, makes me think about family hurt. Who do you need to forgive? Jesus said in Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Be a peacemaker in 2020. Paul tells us in Colossians 3:13, “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” AMEN!
Have a Happy and Blessed New Year in the Lord!
I am a wife, mother, educator, and author who, between other duties, enjoys writing. My name is actually Kimberly Griffith Massey. In this blog, I will share some sighting of God's light each week.
Author Photo by
Heather G. Rollings, 2017
Cover photo by Carlton Griffith Photography