December 31, 2013 by AJ Briones
For this coming year, all I know is that things won’t go like a clean slate once again. A change of year does not change history. I made the bad decisions and I made the roulette turn. It would keep on spinning until it stops on another chapter of my life. When I met Christ as a High School student, He already gave me a clean slate but as I said, I keep on messing up. I guess that’s how the human flesh part works. The Spirit of God as powerful as He is gives us the freedom to live. We don’t deserve to make decisions but He allows us to. He knows everything; what our decision will be, what will happen and even the motives in our hearts (and minds) and yet He allows us to choose. Like me, when we fall, He picks us up and lets us keep on going. Makes me wonder at times; why not just zap me according to His will? That thought just struck.
27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. – 1st Corinthians 1:27-29, NIV.
That was His will. I was and am a lowly thing and in spite of how cruel I am, how evil I am, how filthy I am, how great I think I am, or whatever good or bad thing I can say about myself; I have a God who chose me; a God who chose me not because of who I am but because of who He is. I did not need to fit any standards because if I weighed it all, I wouldn’t even pass the tiniest bit. All I can say is thank You Lord. Thank You Jesus. Thank you for coming in to my life and making every New Year worth living. Because You make all things new and because You reign over who I am and who I could be.