Scripture: John 5:1-15
Reflection: Jesus has come up from the city of Cana to the city of Jerusalem where he found himself beside the pool of Bethesda. Lying around the pool are those who are sick and paralyzed. They have come to this spot because there was a legend that an angel would come and stir up the waters of the pool and the first one to get into the water would be healed.
Jesus was drawn to one particular man who had been coming to the pool for many years, being sick for 38 years. Jesus asks him a very strange question.
Do you want to get well?
I don’t know what you think about New Year’s resolutions, but what if this was the question for today? Do you want to get well? Have you considered that God might have something new for you as we move into 2020?
Maybe a New Year’s resolution is not enough.
New Year’s resolutions help us look into the future to see who we want to become. The resolutions create a plan of action. However, resolutions are often future-focused. It takes us out of the moment and focuses on what we do not have in our lives.
What if we instead set a daily intention for 2020. A daily intention helps us focus on where you are in this moment so that we can live out our values. They provide a map for how to live each day with purpose. We choose how we INTEND to live instead of WISHING life would be different. A daily intention could be one WORD to live throughout this year or even for this first month of 2020. It means getting up from whatever pool we find ourselves at every day, waiting for something new. It is finding hope that Jesus offers this man beside the pool in Bethesda.
Take a few minutes before your feet hit the floor every day to reflect on your daily intention. This faith practice is about joining God in the world with intention. Let’s follow Jesus into 2020. One step at a time.
Prayer: God, empower us to live into 2020 with intentionality and faithfulness. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].