It’s a new year and many people will decide to make New Year’s resolutions. Some decide on one resolution, while others make a long list. I’m not much on making resolutions any more. The problem I have had is that after a week or two, I lose interest and give up because the resolution is too big and lofty. I just don’t feel I can reach the goal.
Jesus tells us in Luke 16: 10 that “the best place to start is with one small step”. Do one thing and then, do another. In other words, don’t try to do everything at once.
Pastor Nan encouraged each of us to find one place to grow in our faith this year. So, this year I’m going to pick one or two areas where I want to grow. I’m going to pick a goal that is reachable. Then, I am going to ask Jesus to walk with me so we can work on my growth areas together, one step at a time. I am going to trust him to get me where he wants me to go this year.
Why don’t you take a step this year too? Find is a place where you can grow in your faith. Find a place where you want to stretch your spiritual muscles and develop a closer relationship with God. God invites us to spend more time with Him, to open his word and let his Spirit reach us. I want to soak in his goodness and love.
As I was spending time in silence, in his presence, asking God to whisper the step he wants me to take, a thought entered my mind. I felt God telling me that he didn’t want me to focus on learning one or two verses of scripture. Instead, God nudged me to read the bible chapter by chapter, step by step. I could set my goal to read the entire bible in 2020, but I took Luke’s advice and plan to read one book from the bible every month. I felt God suggest that reading the whole bible in a year was too lofty for me but reading 12 books from the Bible was more attainable. I think I will reach my lofty goal of reading the entire bible but I’m not going to rush it or get discouraged by setting my goal too high. I think God’s telling me a book a month is an attainable goal for this year.
2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; the new has come”. In 2020, let’s strive to leave behind old habits that hinder our faith and make a decision to find one place where we can grow in our faith this new year. Let God create something new in you. Amen