My friend, Mike, suggested this as my life verse for the new year-
Psalm 51:8 Cause me to hear joy and gladness; the bones You have crushed will rejoice.
It's a good verse, but I really hate to blame God for my own blunder....the bones that were crushed were my fault, not Gods.
I wonder how often I blame God for my mistakes?
Looking back at the last few years is an interesting exercise for me. I thought 2006 was a really hard year for a number of reasons. 2007 was equally difficult, and now 2008 is hard for a whole lot of other reasons. It's funny how many ways we make life difficult.
As I look at the last few years I do realize that God has been working in my life to accomplish a lot. He's been molding, shaping, working...to conform me to the image of Christ. I just didn't know I needed this much work. There are days when I ask, "when will these tests be over?" The truth is that they will not end until life is finished or Christ comes back. God is in the business of conforming us into his image, and that's a difficult process....it's often painful.
So, although my friend's verse is good I think I will use this verse for the new year. It is more in keeping with my long term goals-
1Co 10:31 Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.