Our theme for this month: “A New Year, A New Beginning”
Our Bible verse for today: “Therefore tell the people: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Return to me’ declares the Lord Almighty, ‘and I will return to you’ ….” Zechariah 1:3 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “You go first.”
As we approach the end of our month-long study about New Year’s resolutions that we could make to help improve some aspect of our lives in 2020, we’re now thinking about things we can do to improve and nurture our most valued relationships. And of course, the most important relationship you have is with God.
In Zechariah 1:3 God articulates an important principle about how to maintain healthy relationships – “You go first”. In this case God was telling His people that if they want to have a healthy relationship with Him, they need to prove it by taking the first step. He said, “You return to me and I will return to you.” In Jeremiah 29:13-14 God expressed that same thought in this way: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord …” In other words, “I’m here waiting for you. You take the first step by seeking me and I promise, you will find me. But you go first.”
This same principle applies to all of our important relationships. If you want that relationship to be healthy, then it’s up to you to do the things necessary to keep it healthy. There’s an old saying that goes, “If you want to have a friend, be a friend.” Likewise, if you want to have a good spouse, be a good spouse. If you want to have good kids, you be a good parent. If you want to have friends, be a friend.
Do you have some important relationships in your life that need a little work, that need to be nurtured and better cared for? Well, what are you going to do about it? Don’t sit there waiting for the other person to make the first move. It’s up to you. If you want to have a friend then be a friend. You go first.