Less of me, more of Him.
I celebrated my 32nd birthday on Sunday and now I’m asking myself: Now what?
I appreciate and respect the power in newness. New days and new years are important to me. When I’m granted new time I like to take the time to ensure I’m doing what I need to do in order to experience the fullness of the new. I want to let go of the old, and prepare myself to embrace the new.
I’m 32. Now what?
1. Deal with me. The Lord is allowing me to see the many natural ways that I have that aren’t pleasing to Him. As I start this new year I am humbled and I am focused on dealing with me. I’m committed to Jesus, I’m committed to His Word, and I’m committed to growing in him. I’m committed to changing. I’m committed to becoming more like Jesus.
2. Get organized. I’m in a new season of life, as I’ve recently graduated grad school, and I’m adjusting to life without school. For my birthday I got a planner and notebook, and this is the first planner in a long time that didn’t come from the college bookstore! I’m excited.
3. Stay focused. There are always life issues, relational issues, and money issues that come our way; but in the midst of all of life’s issues I’m focused on staying focused. Staying focused on what? My faith. During this new year of my life I’m focused on seeing the spiritual issues underlying the natural issues that meet the eye. I’m focused on reading, meditating, speaking, believing and living the Word of God. I’m focused on applying the Word to all of the situations that come my way.
Without a doubt, I know it’s all by His grace that I’ve made it to 32 living the life that I’m now living. Only by His grace. Like the apostle Paul wrote in I Corinthians 15:10, I don’t want his grace being bestowed upon me to be in vain. I want to do all the work that He has for me to do. We don’t work to get saved, but rather we work because we are saved. The Lord takes us through a purging and pruning process so that we are prepared for every good work (II Timothy 2:21). It doesn’t feel good but it’s so necessary in order to fulfill the purpose that He has for our lives.
I want to do all the work that God created me to do.
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” – Galatians 2:20