by Brenda Jank
We can learn a lot from Jesus as we step into this new year. We have heard of WWJD – what would Jesus do – but as 2022 launches, let’s encourage each other to DO what Jesus did. Five things come to mind.
- Know your limits. John 4:6 tells us that, “tired as Jesus was, he sat down by the well.” Pray for an acute awareness of your need for HARD STOPS. It’s a tall task in this world where “pushing your limits” is applauded and honoring your limits is treated with suspicion. Do what Jesus did.
- Engage deeply with the broken. For many of us, this means starting with our own hearts. Jesus’ marching orders were recorded in Luke 4, where he recited Isaiah 61.
- Proclaim good news to the poor
- Freedom to the prisoners
- Recovery of sight for the blind
- Set the oppressed free
- Do what Jesus did.
- Go to quiet places: closets, hills, deserts, and gardens. Do what Jesus did.
- Play and party. Do what Jesus did.
- Keep it simple.
- Love God.
- Love people.
- Make disciples by loving God and loving people.
- Break a sweat every day and then rest. Rest in a way that honors your Father, feeds your soul, and fuels your go.
- Do what Jesus did – and enjoy the life he longs for you to live and love.