I think I already posted how much I love January.
I love new beginnings. But I don’t actually settle on any resolutions until at least mid-month. This is my “thinking” time. I may not keep any of the original ones. They will get refined. They will get either more detailed or less detailed.
The point is, because of all the thinking, I will come up with some tangible ones. And even if didn’t, the process alone would prove valuable.
Some of the questions I’m asking myself are these:
What does God want?
What do I want?
I think they’re usually the same by the way.
I mean, think about it.
Why would God ask us to do anything we don’t already have an interest in? Don’t you think God wants us to use the talents He’s given us? Why else would he equip us with certain gifts of the spirit, certain talents and abilities?
Does anyone really believe God creates us willy-nilly, gives us our gifts willy-nilly. God is very intentional, wouldn’t you agree? There is a purpose behind everything God does.Tweet
Wouldn’t God want the most qualified person for the job?
Now, before you remind me of all the verses that proclaim how God uses the least of us, the less qualified of us, don’t bother. I know that.
When Scripture addresses how God uses the weak and least-equipped of us, I think it might be referring to how we view ourselves. But God sees something else. He sees our potential. He sees what we can do, not what we can’t do.Tweet
Think of the Apostle Peter. Seriously. At first glance, his arrogant and headstrong personality seems ill-equipped to preach about love, peace, all the “soft” parts of the Christian faith. And yet he was exactly what was needed to fearlessly spread the gospel. And I’ll bet he certainly felt the “least of these” after he denied Jesus, not once, not twice, but as you know, three times!
There was Moses who felt he was ill-equipped to speak to Pharoah. Gideon, a young man who even went so far as to tell God he was truly ill-equipped because of his heritage. (How many of us have looked at our heritage and used it as an excuse.) Esther, a Jewess, from a humble background who didn’t feel she was equipped to save her people.
And the apostle Paul. Could anyone imagine God would use a former persecutor of Christians to actually spread the Good News? And yet, his intelligence and education were exactly what was needed to organize the first churches. Anyone with less education and less intelligence would never have been listened to.
Don’t you think Paul, during those three years after his conversion and before he started teaching and preaching, felt like a “less than”? Wouldn’t you wonder why God had chosen you after all you had said and done to persecute the first Christians?
So with those examples before me, I’m trusting that God sees in me what I don’t see. And with those examples before me, I’m trusting that God’s plan for me is in keeping with my interests and abilities.
So that’s what I’m doing these first few weeks of the new year.
I’m asking questions of God and of myself.
I already know what God is requiring of me in some areas. In those areas, it’s the details that are the issue.
But there are other areas of my life, I’m still examining.
I know some things for sure.
When I look back at 2020, I want to know more about God’s plan for my life.
- I want to pray more.
- I want to know my bible as thoroughly as I can.
- I want to feel good about the choices I make every day.
- I want to leave my personal world in better shape.
- I want to love the “loves” in my life better.
- I want to learn to really cook.
How about you? Have you considered making this first month of the new year a time of reflection?
I’ve been working on my first small e-book about finding God’s purpose in our lives. I’ve not tried writing an e-book on the WordPress platform before but now’s the time. It’s a big learning curve but I have no doubt about God’s direction in this pursuit.
When you have a moment, I would appreciate your prayers. I mean that sincerely. I’m a stranger to you as you are to me but we can pray for strangers. I do it a lot and, oh, that’s one of those other areas I want to do more of in 2020, pray more for strangers.
So that’s it for today. I hope this is truly a good day for you and that by the end of the day, you will have sensed God’s love for you in a mighty way.
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