Mark 10:46-52 The Healing of Blind Bartimaeus
46 They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”48 Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” 50 So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51 Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher,[g] let me see again.” 52 Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.
It is the end of the year. It is a good time to take stock of what has happened, what you have done, and what you have not done in the year.
What is it that you want in the coming year? What is the change you hope to see?
Do not mistake external change for internal change. It is personal spiritual transformation that we seek.
What are the specific changes we want to see in ourselves? Are there things we are reluctant to change even though we know it is something we should let go of, something we should do something about?
“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asks. Write down what are the things you want to change in yourself in the coming year. What are the active steps you have to take to make those changes? How are you keeping yourself accountable to make those changes?
Remember you are not doing this alone. It is work that you need to do, but God is with you. It will not drop from the sky – it requires our faith, our commitment and hard work on our part. But God will be with us through that.