Read the scripture passage here: John 13:18-30
I think about what the new year means for us. For some it is new beginnings, resetting goals, a restart, and rejuvenation. For some it is leaving the past behind, the struggles the heartaches, the pain.
2015 will bring more challenges.
I study this passage as Jesus tells his best friends that one of them will betray him. This happens in our lives too. I am always looking at ways to mend relationships, even those that seem hopeless. As human beings it's easy for us to celebrate 20 accomplishments, but focus on the 1 that failed. We can hammer in our head over and over and over.... failure.
Jesus doesn't count his betrayer as failure. Why?
We don't have to see challenges as failures. Why?
Jesus knows something some of us have caught on to, and some of us are learning. Failure is ok. I'm not talking will-full failures, those that we know we are getting ourselves into, (although those can be redeemed), I'm talking about going on in life and BAM, we get hit from left field by failure.
What do you do, when challenges come in 2015? You face them. You say to them, "do what you need to do and get on with it. " "I'm going to continue to do the will of God."