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New Year Message 2014

The first day back at the office...

By Nigel Selby


One of the ladies in the office reported that the first day back is the most depressing day of the year.  It’s strange isn’t it, that as one day clicks over to another we attach such importance to it - a new start, a new beginning.

For some that is literally true.  Shawn Collins and his family have moved over to Derby from the States on a two year attachment here.  A French graduate engineer I met at the induction day has moved to Derby from the Coventry site as part of his training.  Engineers and managers are planning to meet new targets for this year.  Changes will take place in the workplace and offices relocated.

Maybe you will have to face new challenges in the coming year.   Some may seem like the ferocious storms we have witnessed in recent days, others like a moderate swell that you are able to negotiate without too much difficulty.  But the real crunch comes in making sure you are anchored to the one who knows you intimately, and loves you unconditionally.

Jer 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

It is amazing to think that the almighty God has a plan for each of us - a plan and a purpose for each moment of every day, and that he wants us to seek his grace.

Ps 139 reminds us that God’s knowledge of us is perfect, he knows all about us, every thought every action, every word.  He knows what we are about, what we are capable of and has given us sufficient days in our lives to fulfil his wonderful purposes.

This week has been a strange mix of emotions, we are awaiting the birth of our fourth grandchild, and we have heard of a dear friend at church who is close to death.  For one it will be the start of life, for the other the beginning of an eternity with the Lord whom he has served faithfully.  For the child the prospect of fulfilling God’s purposes for them, for my friend the fulfilment of God’s plan for his salvation.

The prospect of this New Year, should refocus us on fulfilling God’s ordained plan for us

‘All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be’. Ps 139:16b (NIV). 

Can I encourage you to read through Ps 139 and pray for yourself and those you know who follow Christ at work, that they may fulfil God’s plan.  Andy Moxon one of your work colleagues will be leaving the company later in the year as he begins a new work in Kosovo, the attached sheet explains what he will be doing.  Please contact him for more information.

Yours in Christ

Nigel

 

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