I wrote A LOT from about 1:30 am on New Years Day to about 3:00 am! I wrote about what I had accomplished, about who I wanted to be, about how I was going to get there, and about how I want to live. I concluded my ramblings with this:
Wow. 2009 is going to hold A LOT. Not only will it hold a lot for just me in my own personal life, but also just busy wise! I will be taking a million tests, and beginning to enroll in classes and hopefully continuing on with my degree. I hope to continue in my career and learn skills that will enable me to help people. There is sooo much that I could do, but only a year to do it in, and I am not even promised all of 2009. I’m only promised the second that I’m living in right now! The world as we know it could literally end before I finish typing this all out! James says that “life is but a vapor”. So, hopefully, as I look forward to this part of the vapor, I will have lived it the way it should have been lived! No regrets. Actually, I don’t know that “no regrets” is possible. When I stand before an Holy God, I will regret more than I want to think about, even if I don’t mess this year up. Yet, I am loved by that same God who sees my sin. He promises to have cast my sin away and promises not to see it anymore as long as I confess it! He sees me through the blood of Jesus Christ. I can at least start of the New Year thankful that I stand in the blood of Jesus!
I sent that to several people, including my CollegePlus! Coach, Jessica. She responded saying how the song “In Christ Alone” helped her when she was struggling with some of the very same things. Those lyrics are indeed very good!
In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.
In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev’ry sin on Him was laid—
Here in the death of Christ I live.
There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.
No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow’r of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow’r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow’r of Christ I’ll stand.
Words and Music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend
How true that song is, and how true I want that concept to be in my life. I just have Jesus living within me. I just have Jesus.