Resolutions can help all face some unknown challenge

| January 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Chaplain (Capt.) Isaac Shubert Jr., 209th Aviation Support Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division

As we embarked upon the New Year, many of us decided that we were going to start something new in 2014.



Many times, we propose changes and are not prepared mentally, emotionally, spiritually or physically.

When starting something new, it’s important to clear the mind. In making a change, we must renew the mind and modify the lifestyle choices we have made. Clearing the mind helps removes the negative thoughts and actions that fester within. Putting aside all the things that we may be distracted by will help us meet the goals we set for the year.

In life, we often tend to go with the latest fad and fail to focus on the truly important things. Building a sound relationship with God and improving the future is a great goal. Even though we don’t know the challenges that lay ahead, we prepare to embrace all that 2014 will bring us. And we can have confidence, believing that God is with us.

We may still wrestle with the thought of unknown and unexpected challenges. We can be encouraged when we believe that God will not give us more than we can handle. Though everything in existence experiences change, we are comforted in knowing God does not change and that his promises are certain to be accomplished.

As we reflect on this new season and time of our life, we can face this year with confidence and assurance. We are ready for what will come, for our hearts have faith in God.

Our preparation and confidence begins first in our heart, and then our mind follows this confidence. No matter what challenges or struggles may come, we will have faith, hope and trust in God. We will proclaim that this is the year to take back the things we have let go astray. This year we will build a stronger relationship with God, family and friends.

In 2014, we will learn that the challenges we faced last year don’t have to be a part of our daily life. We can let go of our fears. Regardless of the spiritual challenges and setbacks that have come our way, this is a time to start anew. Like the athlete who leaps over the hurdles as he runs the track, we, too, overcome the challenges that may come our way.

If you are facing a tough challenge today, I encourage you to talk to a friend, battle buddy or your unit chaplain. You need not face tough times alone. Best of all, God is a friend who always listens.

2014 is going to be a great year for each of us.

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