The last few weeks, in preparation for Christmas, we have looked at titles of Jesus. Although we didn't look at many of the "I am" titles from John's gospel, we did look at a few. Perhaps we will explore more of these in the coming days. But today I want to propose something along the lines of a "New Year's Resolution." And it is this: that we be very careful this year about how we think of ourselves.
Jesus said of himself, "I am the Good Shepherd," "I am the bread of life," "I am the light of the world." All of these are very positive statements. And, as I pointed out earlier, they use nouns not adjectives. The nouns are shepherd, bread, light, etc. Could we not come up with similar positive statements to make about ourselves? "I am a child of God." "I am the recipient of God's love." "I am a co-heir with Jesus Christ."
Further, can we limit the negative adjectives we use with reference to ourselves? Could we stop saying, "I am tired," "I am lonely," "I am afraid?" For Luke 6:45 says, "The mouth speaks what the heart is full of." Can we keep our hearts full of the positive, rather than the negative? Can we keep our hearts full of the promises of God? Might we look at what we have, rather than what we don't have? Shall we try it? I'd be interested in your feedback.
(I apologize for not posting regularly over the last week. If God does not inspire me, I cannot write. So there were a few days of waiting for the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the Inspirer.
I started this website and blog on May 1, 2012. I am a Catholic who has been in ministry for many years. I first developed what I would call a close relationship with Jesus in the early 1970s. Ever since then I have been praying with people for healing and other needs. It is because I have seen so many of these prayers answered that I am so bold as to offer to pray for you individually through this website and phone line.