Have you ever come to the point where all the talk of goals and resolutions begins to sound like so much clamoring? I have. I am there now. Don’t get me wrong, I love setting good, SMART goals and accomplishing tasks. I’m working on my goals right now!
Still… I want something better than goals and resolutions.
Every year I spend time praying over one word that God would lead me to. One focus that He gives me to just dwell on. This year I had a more difficult time of things. In fact, I just about gave up.
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What I love about the one word tradition each year is that it’s more about God than it is about me. More accurately, it’s about my dependence on Him. I rely less on myself and my own efforts and more on His hand in my life.
I could use more of that right now, couldn’t you?
Here’s the thing: It’s important what we’re doing right now, you and I. Sometimes we forget that it’s ALL important. Not just what is done in the public eye or what makes us look good to others. It’s the big moments and the small ones. It’s the Bible studies AND folding laundry and doing the dishes. It’s how we spend our time online, too.
As a mom and wife who loves God, I work to keep my life and our home Christ-centered. I’m sure you do, too. I also fail miserably in those efforts far more often than I’d like to admit. Again, I’m sure you’d probably say the same.
But if we are to number our days as the scriptures prompt us to do, we will more readily see that our time here is short. Our perspective zooms out and we see the timeline of our lives and all history on this spinning blue ball.
Friends, when we see things rightly, we are brought to this conclusion: There is no room for anything in our lives that doesn’t bring glory to God. Period.
I don’t want to waste any of the time I’ve been given. I want my goals, decisions, and relationships to point to Christ. Sometimes that means letting go of opportunities, or making hard choices about how I spend my time. Sometimes it means an honest evaluation of myself, asking God to reveal to me my sins, repenting of them to follow His ways.
Oh, thank God for His grace and mercy! Thank the Lord for renewed conviction and a fresh passion to pursue His kingdom first, and above all things. I know I couldn’t come up with that desire on my own.
A thought for you and I as we enter into yet another year…
In our work
In our play
In our thoughts
In our decisions
In our guiding
In our loving
In our words
In our actions
In our goals
In our dreams
In all that we do…
Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31)
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