I love New Year’s Eve because it is always a time to reflect back on the past year…to take stock and be grateful for the good (small victories, improved relationships, new people, places and things) and learn from the bad (our shortcomings, mistakes and failures). And more importantly, it is a time to look ahead and plan to make the coming days, months and year a little bit better and brighter.
I believe it’s all about renewing our commitment to fulfilling God’s purpose in our lives (or if we’re still unsure what that is, to finding out!) It’s about setting priorities and then “girding our loins” as Saint Peter says in the Bible, or setting our sights on discovering God’s will and preparing ourselves to do our best to carry it out.
A tall order? Yes. And every year I, like you, have the best of intentions. Yet still I make New Year’s resolutions to do better in all areas of my life – physically, mentally and spiritually – because otherwise I am just being lazy.
So how can you and I help build the Kingdom in the coming year? I believe by doing our very best to carry out our calling – in my case, being the best author, speaker and book coach…and the best wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend I can be, realizing there will be pitfalls on the journey but having faith God will see me through them as I climb upward and onward.
I look forward to the scary yet exciting challenges that await me in 2019 including launching my newest novel, The Jealous Son, a modern-day murder mystery based on the story of Cain and Abel. I hope God works through me and my words to reach readers with His message…and that I can inspire and help other writers to become successful authors as well. I hope God works through all of us to carry out his works here on earth.
So take a deep breath and as the New Year approaches let us pray with Isaiah that we “…go forth in joy and be led forth in peace” and know that “those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
God bless you and yours in 2019 and Happy New Year!