What Are You Waiting For?

Ok… We’re on the brink of another year.  So, do you have high hopes?  Have you promised yourself and your loved ones that the one to come will be much different than the one coming to a close?

Here’s a question I’d like to ask, “Are there things you hoped for in 2012 that just didn’t work out yet you are believing the dawn of a new year will somehow magically cause those unresolved desires to come to pass?”

We somehow believe that a new year has the power to cause great things to happen but the truth is, it only offers us the idea of a fresh start.  The sad reality is, the motivation spawned by this “fresh start” generally diminishes  before the first quarter of the year comes to a close.  Why?  Because we depended on some power that doesn’t exist.

If you are hoping to drop several sizes in the year to come, you’re going to have to do more than purchase a gym membership.  You’re going to need to step on the treadmill and turn it on.

If you believe 2013 will bring about a change in finances, you’ll need to do more than close your eyes and make a wish.  Those changes will only be realized for those who are willing to put in the hard work.

As a Christian, I believe that God has certain blessings for me but I also believe that I have to be proactive in order to receive those blessings.

And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, How long are ye slack to go to possess the land, which the Lord God of your fathers hath given you? (Joshua 18:3)

You see, the land had been allotted unto the children of Israel back in chapter 17 but in the chapter the followed they had yet to take possession of what was theirs.  What was the issue?

And the children of Joseph said, The hill is not enough for us: and all the Canaanites that dwell in the land of the valley have chariots of iron, both they who are of Beth–shean and her towns, and they who are of the valley of Jezreel. (Joshua 17:16)

So, here’s the breakdown… See if you can relate. The children of Joseph griped because the land that was originally allotted to them wasn’t large enough so Joshua offered them an answer… “If thou be a great people, then get thee up to the wood country, and cut down for thyself there in the land of the Perizzites and of the giants, if mount Ephraim be too narrow for thee (Josh. 17:15).”

In other words, if your tribe is too large for the land you’ve been given, go to the top of that mountain and start clearing yourself a spot!  A solution was provided but they stayed put!  Were they lazy?  Greedy?  Scared?  I’d say a mix of all three.

What’s my point?  Simply this… Will chapter 2013 of your life find you still not claiming those things you could have enjoyed in chapter 2012?  If so, you need to work through some things.  God’s blessing is available for you but His blessing could be at the top of a mountain in the midst of some trees that need to be cleared away.  Will the idea of the work keep you from claiming what’s yours?  Will your desire for “more” rob you of what’s there?  Will the fear of not being able to succeed stop you in your tracks?  What are you waiting for?

My prayer is that 2013 will be a most prosperous year for you in every way.  Keep your eyes on the Lord and walk where He leads. That’s a sure plan for better things ahead!


About Chris Allman

I'm one of the millions who have experienced the repercussion of my sinful past. Unlike many, through Christ, I have recognized that the path before me does not have to be determined by the path behind. I have experienced the sweet forgiveness of God and have therefore chosen to walk in that forgiveness. Forgiving self is a day to day task and I believe that's why His mercies are new every morning. I pray that this daily reminder that we can choose to begin living today like we wish we'd lived in the past will be a solace for many who struggle with those things they wish they hadn't done.
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11 Responses to What Are You Waiting For?

  1. mary says:

    Thank you! I pray 2013 is your most profitable year as well! Please keep the blogs coming; I’ve missed them!

  2. Janice Allman says:

    I have missed reading your blogs, thanks for a very challenging but true revelation of God’s word.

  3. Marie Bittinger says:

    Thanks for the post, Chris. Your timing was perfect. It came through just as I was getting into a rather menial task here at the office that did not require a lot of thought. That in turn allowed me to think about your question.

    I must say that I am pretty satisfied with the past year. Things have happened that were confusing at the time. But, looking back, I see that they were necessary in order for the blessings to come. I have let some people go in order to let new people in. And most have already inspired and encouraged me in ways they aren’t even aware of.

    All that He brings into each and everyday is proof to me that He can be trusted – no matter what the world may say. And, I believe that 2013 will be even better – no matter what the world may say. I pray the same for you.

  4. Glenda says:

    Like the others, I have also missed your blogs! This one today goes hand-in-hand with the messages that our assistant pastor delivered yesterday, from I and II Kings. Even though those great prophets, Elijah and Elisha, had seen miraculous feats from God, they still became discouraged and a bit overwhelmed at times. Yes, God always has blessings waiting for us, but we must reach out and clear away the obstacles in order to enjoy them! Thank you, and Happy New Year to the Allman family! 🙂

  5. Ross says:

    I’ve missed both of your blogs. Thanks for the encouragement. I know it’s a lot of work to keep up with these blogs, but thank you for taking the time to do it.

  6. I made time tonight to catch up on blog reading. I wish I’d read this one first! Challenging and encouraging.

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