In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself. He was [continually existing] in the beginning [co-eternally] with God. All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him not even one thing was made that has come into being. In Him was life [and the power to bestow life], and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness did not understand it or overpower it or appropriate it or absorb it [and is unreceptive to it].

John 1:1-5 AMP

In THE beginning, there were choices to be made. What was made and how it was made and what it was called and how it was all set into motion. Choices made in the beginning that continue to affect us right up to this day.

We have choices too, right here at the beginning of another new  year. Choices about what we will do and be and say this year. Choices to live in the light and life of the One who has been there since the beginning. Or not. It’s totally up to us.

As with all choices, there are consequences to the choice. What we choose at the beginning of this new year will continue to affect the rest of our lives. Choosing light brings life, power, revelation, and confidence. Choosing darkness brings misunderstanding, weakness, fear, and closed minds.

I think I’m in more-reflective-than-usual mood this year because life right now feels like so much standing on a precipice. Grad school is starting in just one week (yikes!), my job is really going to heat up in the next few weeks, and I’m having to look at everything else that is on my plate…and make some choices. But I want the choices to be Spirit-led, intentional, for-a-reason choices, rather than what is the easiest to fall into. So I’m thinking. A lot. And asking God to help me make the right choices.

This older blog post from Bronwyn Lea, One Little Word that Radically Changed My Prayers, came across my newsfeed yesterday. It was not a coincidence I’m sure. So I’m going to pray that God will make it count this year. That the things He ordains and allow to touch my life will count for His purposes.

It’s the beginning of a new year. What will you choose today?

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