January – A Season of Grace
There seems to be a special grace in the month of January – a brief period between the boxing up of the Christmas decorations and the head-first plunge into the brisk waters of a fresh, new year. A golden opportunity to be seized or squandered – a brief pause in which we can see with clarity and set the tone for the New Year.
Like the starkly beautiful forms of naked trees of winter, the underpinnings of life are visible during this brief season of grace. Choices and goals normally concealed by the thickly clustered leaves of activities are revealed to be reconsidered, and wisdom quietly invites us to choose well.
I’m talking about our goals, choices, and habits that will define us over a lifetime, and the chance to reflect and recalibrate that feels uniquely fitting for this time of year.
What goals are in your heart for 2018?
One thing I know for sure as I look ahead to the rest of the year – in the words of John the Baptist:
“I must decrease, and He must increase.”
I need more of Jesus this year than ever before.
But to have more of Him, I will of necessity need to have LESS of some other things.
What am I willing to sacrifice to see a fresh move of God in my life?
Sleep? Self-indulgence? Free time? Commitments that are good but keep us from what’s best?
Are We Asking the Right Questions as we set our goals?
I wonder – what kind of 2018 does God have in mind for me? For you?
Are our goals paltry in His mind and unworthy of our calling, though they may seem lofty and nearly unattainable in ours?
How does He desire to add to, detract from, or change what we are focused on?
What does He want to empower you to do in this world?
How does He want to grow your faith and mine?
I suspect God’s ideas would blow our minds, scare us to death, and energize us like a bolt of lightning all at the same time!
Are we willing to have the 2018 that GOD wants us to have?
A New Year For Those Who Dare
My prayer for you and for myself is that God would make us willing to pay the price to fully engage with Him this year and to see His plans for us come to pass.
To dare to have the 2018 that God has in mind for us.
Let’s move past weight loss goals (although I have those as well!) and really dig in this year and see what God will do.
If you are ready to recommit to the disciplines that form mountain-movers, drop me a line and let me know. I’ll be praying for you as I recommit to them as well. Time with Jesus, time in His Word, fasting, obedience.
Not new, not trendy, not glamorous.
But nothing new, trendy, or glamorous forms solid people of faith who are able to hold out life and hope to others drowning in anxiety and disillusionment.
There aren’t shortcuts, there’s just plain old obedience.
But through this process of decreasing so He can increase, I believe we will position ourselves for a 2018 that is full of His power and presence.
Are you ready?
With faith, hope and love,