It’s that time again my friend! Top of the year to you and yours! Finally here, a brand new year, a fresh start, a clean slate to redo or correct all of the failures from the past year and to implement a new and improved action plan! You probably have created your new resolution list or are creating it now as we speak and checking it twice! Creating or listing all the goals, promises, and changes that you want to see manifested in your life. Advancing towards and putting in effect all of your ideas and all of your visions right? Am I close? Willing to attain a goal (s) that will look something like this: This year of 2014 I will…
1.be more focus and diligent in school
2. Be a better friend
3. Be financially responsible
4. Start the Bible and finish it by the end of the year
5. Learn how to cook
6. Move into my own place (loft preferably)
7. Be more proactive with my business
8. Be more firm in saying “no”
9. Gain a true sense of who I really am
10. Dismantle all fears and fall forward
Well I got news for you! First, this is my own personal list (*smiles*). Yours may be similar or different, streaming with all these grandiose innovating ideas and life changing dreams! However, how can you truly be sure your will and desires are even God’s will and desires for you? Something to think about right? Although they are good ideas and they may have really come from a sincere place, neither you or I, in ourselves, have the ability to commit and finish these goals/changes without Help.
God is our Help. And He did not intend for us to navigate through life alone and to rely on our own limited abilities.
When God created you He created you a finished work. He was mindful of you before you even touched down onto earth or were formed in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5 ). He knew what your life would be like because he created it and he designed it to the very detail. His thoughts of you are to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29.11). You were created because God loves you and He wants to share with you how much He loves you through close relationship with Him. He chose you in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined you to adoption as a son/daughter by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will (Ephesians 1:4-5). He desires for you to reign in life freely and full of joy and love through His provided grace and truth, which is found in His Son Christ. Your book is indeed written and it is indeed a good book!
Once you begin to understand, believe, and trust this valuable truth, your life itself will then become a transforming eventful journey with God. And when you truly understand this, everything and everyone else becomes secondary. God wants to do for you what no man will do and cannot do because it’s not in him to do so and it’s not in you to do it for yourself. When we look at the bigger scope of “Life”, there is much more to life than relationships, money, education, great-paying jobs, materialism, and self-indulgence. It’s so much more! Yes, God has given us free will. But I believe that He has given us free-will, choice, to freely choose Him. He wants us to understand our great need for Him. And without Him, none of what we chase after in life, these “things”, will truly sustain or fulfill us. They are simply a chasing after the wind. God is and should be priority one, the central focus and everything else —all of our great hopes and desires —will follow.
I am not at all saying that your list of improvements is bad. I am saying that God is Author of all and Finisher of all. He knows you better than you know yourself and he desires that you receive nothing less than best in this passing earthly life. And He desires to accompany you on this journey of life so that you will receive just that, His best! He doesn’t want you to get so plugged into this temporal life and forsake what’s more valuable and eternal, our loving relationship with Him .We were created to worship God in spirit and truth and to live a purposeful life here on earth in Christ, who is our righteousness, our example. So let’s pattern our lives after Him and pick up our cross. Jesus said He who finds His life will lose it and He who loses his life for His sake will find it. Bring your desires to God because he does want you to have a fruitful and prosperous life, but your way of attaining to those things are a lot different from God’s. Remember His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are much higher than our thoughts. Allow Him to order your steps. Let His agenda be your agenda. Allow His resolution to be your resolution.
Happy New Year.