January 2019 is almost ending and I just can’t help but feel that I haven’t really spent the time I needed to reflect on 2018 and really plan for 2019.
Churches and Fellowships I know have scheduled their annual prayer and fasting to really set aside time to pray and seek God’s guidance throughout the year. It is typical to create a list of to-do’s or craft a list of resolutions to start the year. Similar to that, what we (me and my friends and church mates) do is to make a list of or FAITH GOALS. These are goals, usually big ones that require us to stretch our faith and rely on God to see them accomplished.
Aside from my usual goals for myself and my family, my goal for the year is to:
1. CULTIVATE A GRATEFUL HEART
I tend to stress about things and would often need to remind myself to just be still and cast all my worries and cares to God through prayers. We were never designed to carry so much burdens and loads. We were even commanded NOT to worry! What causes stress anyway? My stress comes from FEAR – fear that all things will not be up to par and go wrong. I realized, eventually, that I have to be grateful instead. Being thankful gives me joy! Focusing on what I am blessed with diverts my focus off worries and fears that saps my energy and enthusiasm.
I began my 2019 Faith goal with a long list of things to be grateful for. And wow! They are many. And so I decided to start my 2019 days reciting all the things, people, events I am blessed with!
2. NOURISH MY SOUL
For this year, I want to have consistent quiet time to meditate, pray, journal, commune with God. Often, I have tried to accomplish tasks, pushing myself harder, when my inner gas tank is running empty. This doesn’t have to be. It’s not just about being more of an introvert, it’s more of connecting with God and letting Him fill you up – trading your sorrows with hope and your pains with His Joy. Call it recharging your inner strength so you can face the day bravely, serve others and be an inspiration to many instead of dragging them down.
3. BE OF SERVICE
I believe that we are called to serve. We are to be God’s hands to others and be a visible representation of Christ to them. For many years, I have been trying to discover myself. I’ve tried many things, changed jobs, listened to a lot of people, observed their ways, read many books and was charmed by many movies and stories. Ultimately, the question I would like to answer would be: How can I serve in a way that is me – with my strengths and skills and at the same time, my limitations too? I am willing but how? I have an idea for this year. I’ve started and started small and will continue to start new stuff for this year.
I am believing and praying that 2019 is a year of elevation and purpose. Dreams put on hold will push thru. Provision will flow simply because my hope is not on myself, my skills, my abilities – it is on God who created me and has a purpose for me – to bloom and blossom and grow so I can help others bloom, blossom and grow too.