New Year, No Fear

By Pastor Mark LeeMark Lee New

Many artists believe that a blank canvas is a beautiful, yet terrifying sight.  While the empty space is full of immense potential, the creative process itself can be time consuming, uncertain and intense.  The same could be said about any new venture.  Whether you are beginning a painting or starting a project, the excitement for what could be is often mixed with some anxiety for what lies ahead.

As we enter a new year, it is easy to understand the opportunities and challenges that a blank canvas brings.  Ahead of us lie twelve months full of possibility.  The next 365 days can bring us everything from increased professional success to a more physically fit body.  However, on the flip side, the new year could also bring unexpected heartbreak.

While many people have started 2017 with renewed hope, others can’t help but feel dread.  Perhaps last year did not meet their expectations.  Poor health, surprising losses or other disappointments have left them less than enthusiastic about the future.  At the same time, the current political turmoil, global unrest, and changing social climate is enough to make even the most optimistic people feel a concerned.

So, what should we do if we find ourselves frightened by the blank canvas of 2017?  The answer is simple:  fear not.  Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”  God holds the future in his hands, so it is not ours to worry about.  After all, every masterpiece has to start as a blank canvas.

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