Entering into 2018 made me think about what my focus will be for this New Year. I don’t want to live the same, but be changed by God in who I am in Christ. I realized at times I put God on the back burner not even realizing it and allowing my family to come first. Family is not bad in itself, but if I am allowing it to come before God then I am off balance and my focus is wrong.
As I reflect on 2017 and all of God’s goodness and blessings, it makes me realize my need and importance in Him. Re-focusing my goals and changing my priorities on what Christ wants me to do and live each day for Him. He only gives us so many hours in a day and I want to make the most of them and not sit back on the sidelines and watch. My desire for each of you and myself for 2018 is to allow God to use us in new ways and change the way we think.
Our focus should be on the things of heaven and not of this world. I am challenging each of us, and most importantly myself, to let God transform us and step out of our comfort zones and walk on new territory. It could be serving God in places that are uncomfortable for you like the homeless shelter or nursing home, or working with individuals that have special needs. God is challenging me to work more with human trafficked victims and go into hotels to build awareness. For each of us it will look different. Another way God can challenge us is to love in a new way toward people that may be unlovable. I have a few family members that are hard to love, but God is calling me to love them unconditionally no matter how they treat us. These are just a few areas that God can challenge us in the areas of serving and loving others.
My prayer for each of you is to refocus this year on the things that matter to God and draw near to Him through His word, through prayer and mediation. The deeper we get with God the more we look like Him and people will see Christ in us. As 2 Corinthians 3:18 puts it, “So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord–who is the Spirit–makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.” 2018 is the year for the change and becoming more like Christ. Are you ready? Let’s get started, don’t sit back, be the change!