Once more we have crossed the threshold of a new year. In fact, we have entered the last year of the second decade of this millennium. For UESI, this year will be the completion of 2nd Long Range Plan – Vision 2020 and the beginning of the third one – Vision 2030. For past one year, we are in the process of evaluating ourselves to find out to what extent we have achieved our goals of Vision 2020 and where we have failed. We are also contemplating on where we should go from here and how we should move forward.
A new year often begins with a set of new resolutions. As the days pass by, many of those resolutions either fade away or are replaced by other pressing issues. Is that happening in our lives as we serve our Lord through UESI ministry? Paul tells us that he continued to press forward forgetting what lies behind (Phil 3: 13) so that Christ Jesus might be exalted through him. Apostle Peter reminds us that though we are sealed with the Holy Spirit, we are not yet adequately equipped with spiritual virtues. For this very reason, Peter urges, ‘make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is near-sighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins’ (II Peter 1: 5-8).
However, spiritual qualities should not be misunderstood with growth in terms of number and geographical spread. Physical and material growth is not necessarily a sign of spiritual prosperity. UESI will always be measured first for its spiritual life and its eagerness to imitate Christ in all its dealings. The Psalmist says how lovely it is when God’s people live in unity and harmony. Unity and harmony come through our love for each other and genuineness to make peace with each other. Paul says love is the greatest of all spiritual virtues. In the New Year let all of us first strive to be soaked in the love of Christ by which He emptied Himself for our sake. Let us kneel, fast and pray that the Love of Christ may overflow through our individual life as well as corporate lives of UESI.
Second, let us all honestly strive towards maintaining our unity in Christ. Let our “I” be crucified and be replaced by “We’. Let us resolve to burn our egos, unforgiving and un-forbearing attitudes, and element of revenge (if any) and adorn a garment of love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and gentleness.
Third, above all let us embrace the prayer life of our master Lord Jesus Christ. Prayer is our connectivity with Jesus. Prayer is the source of communication with God our Saviour. Prayer helps in replacing our will by God’s will. UESI can glorify God only when we will let His will be done and not ours.
As we step into another year, let Love, Unity and Prayer be the hallmark of UESI. Susan Lenzkes explain this beautifully,
‘When I lift you, my friend, my arm grows stronger.
When I give to you my hand empties to receive.
When I walk with you through dark valleys, my feet learn the way to Truth,
When I weep with you, my, eyes wash clear to see compassion’s holy bond, when I lift you, I am lifted.’
Let us all join our hands and be on our knees and seek God’s enabling power to make this happen. May God bless all of us.
Himadri Sinha, UESI President