This may be a record early for me to start pondering resolutions for the new year. Yes, I’m one of those folks who does that every single year. 💁🏻♀️
Why? Well, because I want to. I like having a list and checking it twice. I like to set goals and do so throughout the year. It’s not uncommon for me to have monthly goals, weekly goals, etc. So quite naturally, I see the beginning of a new year as the perfect opportunity to decide on resolutions. 📝
Of course, year after year, they seem to have similar themes. Be healthier, reduce debt, grow spiritually, etc. But that’s ok. Those are the issues that make me better and happier. 💜
My 2019 slogan/motto will be
‘On the Wheel Again’.
I’m basing this on a favorite passage of mine found in the book of Jeremiah, chapter 18. I’d love to share my thoughts on the entire passage, but we will save that for another day and focus on one verse in particular, verse 4.
You may already be familiar with this insightful account of the prophet Jeremiah being directed by God to visit the Potter’s House. The spiritual lessons are astute learned as he observed the potter are astute and when applied can be life-changing.
The singular point however that has inspired my theme for 2019 is a detail that is sometimes overlooked. I have the verse below in several translations for comparison. If you prefer another, read it in that one as well.
“And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.”
Jeremiah 18:4 KJV
“But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over.”
Jeremiah 18:4 NLT
“So I went to the potter’s house, and sure enough, the potter was there, working away at his wheel. Whenever the pot the potter was working on turned out badly, as sometimes happens when you are working with clay, the potter would simply start over and use the same clay to make another pot.”
Jeremiah 18:3-4 MSG
“And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do.”
Jeremiah 18:4 ESV
“Make it again another.”
“A lump of clay again and started over.”
“Use the same clay to make another pot.”
“He reworked it into another vessel.”
There is a recurring lesson here no matter what translation you refer to.
The potter never tossed the clay away. He never gave up on the clay in His hand. Instead, he reworked it, changed the plan, started over and made it again another.
I want to declare a word of encouragement and truth over my life, over the lives of my children, over the lives of all I love and over yours as well.
Maybe you’ve wasted some opportunities. Maybe you’ve lost sight of your purpose. Maybe you have been marred and no longer feel whole or worthy to be a vessel in the hands of God. Maybe you feel as if it’s too late, all is lost and you’ll never be able to find your way again.
Here’s my declaration of truth and love over us all.
“We may have failed, faltered and stumbled in the past, but 2019 will find us ‘On the Wheel Again’.”
PS – Don’t be afraid when things appear to start spinning out of control! Remember whose foot is on the potter’s wheel. Hold on tight, surrender and submit to what seems good to the potter to make you again, another, as seems good to Him.