Lately, I’ve been reflecting on this last year. It’s been full of awesomeness, it really has! I’ve met some great people, I’ve grown closer to others, I’ve been stretched, I’ve traveled, I’ve overcome obstacles, I’ve failed, I’ve succeeded, I’ve grown, I’ve battled dark clouds and rejoiced when those clouds have retreated. Overall, it’s been a pretty darn good year.
In a couple of days, the slate will be wiped clean and another year will be upon us. More opportunities lie ahead around every corner….ordained opportunities that are waiting to welcome us like an anxious puppy patiently anticipating their owner’s arrival home. Exciting!
As I’ve grown older and wiser (hehe!), I’ll typically set a goal to pursue for the upcoming year. Not a new years resolution or anything, just a vision to follow. So here’s mine….drum roll please….MY #1 GOAL FOR THIS NEXT YEAR IS TO LOVE BETTER. There you go.
So what in the world does this “love better” stuff mean? Well, I’m glad you asked! For me, it means being open to God’s invitations. To love people, even though I may not receive anything in return. So often, I hesitate when I feel God’s nudging to love on somebody or offer kind words. Ok, I admit it…most of it stems from fear and lack of trust. For some reason, I forget that God is bigger than me. I forget that I’m just a limited human, influenced by culture and sin. I forget that it’s not about me, it’s about Him. God wants HIS love in MY heart to spew or spray (ok, weird words) or add flavor to those around me. Not that I’m exceptional or worthy or anything, it’s that He’s exceptional!
So, when I feel led to give the shirt off my back to someone in need, I want to do it. When I feel led to talk to that lonely looking guy on the bench, I want to do it. When I feel led to feed that homeless person, I want to do it. When I feel led to pray for somebody, I want to do it. When I feel led to send that text, email or make that phone call, I want to do it. When I see God working in ways that don’t necessarily make sense to me, I want to follow Him…NO MATTER WHAT! There’s something powerful and beautiful that happens when we are walking in-step with our Creator. Life is full and complete and purposeful…almost normal feeling…like we were meant to love with boldness, following God’s lead, serving others, not ourselves…hmmmm.
So that’s it. Pretty simple goal, but so hard to follow through with sometimes! I’m gonna try though, so watch out world!
WARNING: You may be hugged next time I see you. Don’t be afraid, God probably told me to do it. 😉
Happy New Year friends and family. I believe that God has some amazing powerful things in store for all of us, I really do!
What goals do you have for next year? What is God challenging you to pursue or change?