"All joy," James insists. If you sang "Joy to the World" earlier this month, you might want to pick up "Suffering and the Sovereignty of God," a new book edited by John Piper and Justin Taylor. The book includes a chapter by quadriplegic Joni Eareckson Tada, who writes, "Do you know who the truly handicapped people are? They are the ones -- and many of them are Christians -- who (go through their morning activities) on automatic pilot without stopping once to acknowledge their Creator."
Do you want to go off autopilot in 2007? Thank God for preserving you in 2006, and then take on the hard task of loving at least one needy person in your community in 2007. It probably won't be easy and you may not be successful. As psychologist David Powlison writes in another chapter of "Suffering and the Sovereignty of God," God "does not say, 'Don't be afraid. Everything will turn out OK. So you can relax.' Instead he says, 'Don't be afraid. I am with you. So be strong and courageous.'"
That should be our New Year's resolution for 2007: to show resolution in doing what's right.