This can be the year where God says, “Well done good and faithful servant!” As we reflect on 2015 and remember the good and bad moments, we can strengthen by what we learned and bring our new insight into 2016. Most importantly we can grow more deeply in our faith with God and fall even deeper in love with HIM. My goal for 2016 is to spiritually grow closer to God and be a brighter light for HIM. I don’t want to stay the same in my spiritual walk but to be transformed by the renewing of my mind and spirit. I desire to fall in love with Him all over again and develop the traits and character of Christ. How do we do that?
As I was praying, God told me three areas: to see more like Him, speak more like Him and to think more like Him. This first area can be hard if we have blinders up and can’t see the things that God sees. Our prayer should be in this area that God would lift those blinders so we can see where He wants us. If that is giving a friendly smile at the grocery store when we see someone is down or seeing a homeless person and not walking away but doing something about it or seeing how we can help someone that has lost their job or loved one. God show us how to have your lenses and see the light in the darkness of the world. Let us be that light this year!
The second area is to speak more like Him. This area God is working overtime on me as I can encourage everyone else around me but at times the closest ones I love are the ones I speak to most harshly. As James put it, this is not right! My mouth should be a reflection of Christ and blessings and life should pour from it not words to tear someone down. The way we speak has a lot to do with what is going on in our heart. God may have to make over our heart in this New Year to allow His words to flow out of us and be a vessel of His truth!
The third area is to think more like Him. My mind is the backbone of how I see things and speak because if I don’t have a sound mind in Christ, I am going to look at life differently and not see, speak, and think the things of God. How we think is crucial in our spiritual walk and in order for us to look like Christ this year we have to renew our minds. Romans 12:2 says it perfectly, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect!”
In 2016, our desire should be to line up with His will and follow Him wholeheartedly. Let’s not sit back in this New Year and think this is going to happen on its own. Take action, this can be your year to see, to speak, and to think more clearly like Jesus. I want to look more like Jesus by the end of 2016 and that is God’s desire for each of you! Will you join me? Can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for each of you! Let’s get started!