I wrote the following post on New Year’s Eve. I was walking expectantly into the new year, having no idea the hard things coming my way. Rereading it now was like a recharge to my soul.
I am thankful for this reminder of what God intended for me this year. Surrender. Open hands for him to take from and pour into as he sees fit. I trust him. The song I’ve been listening to on repeat lately says, “If more of you means less of me, take everything.” I want to sing that with sincerity to my king.
I hope this word from the 7-weeks-ago version of me challenges you the way it did me today.
Reflecting on 2017 left me feeling a wide range of emotions, however, I love this time of year and the refreshing feeling of a new start. A clean slate of 365 days. A new phase untainted.
When looking back on this past year, I am overwhelmed with how God spoke to my heart. He worked in my heart more this year than ever. I am humbled and in awe that he pursues me still.
As I have thought about what I want my 2018 to be like, God has planted the word surrender right in the depths of my heart.
Looking back on the last 365 days, I see so many times that I chose laziness or complacency or selfishness or pride or distraction over true surrender. I wonder what I may have missed out on because I didn’t give 100% of my heart soul mind and strength to Christ every single day.
Life is short and we have so much kingdom work to do! In 1 Corinthians 14 Paul writes: “My dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
Whatever we do for Christ is not wasted. And did you catch the word ‘fully’ back there? Give yourselves fully. Not sometimes, not partially. This thought keeps echoing through my heart. I want to be surrendered to his will completely. Holding everything with open hands and expectantly working.
How many more people could I influence if I stopped Netflix binging? How many more people would step out of darkness into light with our Savior if I gave the Spirit my head space, instead of focusing so much on me? If I chose to seek out every opportunity to lift Christ’s name, how different would my friends and family be? Would my church look different if I stopped wasting time? If I chose to pray more for others instead of scrolling through Instagram, would my friends lives be changed?
I want to find out in 2018.
Here’s to giving up mindless scrolling. Here’s to intentional relationships. Here’s to signing out of Netflix. Here’s to living life in total abandon to Christ and his work in me.
I don’t want laziness and distraction to be the reason I missed being the person God dreamed I would be.
He’s given us new life. He’s given us purpose. Let’s act like it.
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
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