The past year has been full of challenges as well as blessings, but what I am most excited about in the coming year are the great things God is going to do. He has made so many promises that once again we must expect lives to be changed and greater accomplishments to be made.
I have a few thoughts on what makes a person great. These are generic. These are things I have found true and have experienced from God. Therefore, you and I have a choice. Will we prepare ourselves to experience the best God has? Or, will we wait, sit back and let others receive the blessings God wants us to have?
Greatness is a matter of choice. Choose God.
Colossians 3:2 NASB
Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.
Set your mind. The mind is the place where our will and our emotions find their root. It is not about happiness. It is about allowing the plan of God to take the most important place in our lives. Set your mind on God and on what will last for eternity.
Great people of faith set aside worry. Choose prayer.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Our connection to God makes our anxiety levels get smaller and smaller. That is where our faith grows through the protection of God’s peace over our hearts and our minds. Again, the mind is where our will and emotions find their beginning. But it is the heart where our faith finds it’s birth from God. What we feed is what grows. Worrying less means our faith will be fed and grow more in the New Year.
Great people serve other people. Choose to serve.
Galatians 6:10 NLT
Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.
There are lots of opportunities. Be watching. Choose those time when we can do the most good for others. Why do we have the resources we have? It is so we can bless others. It is far easier to hoard things than to give them away. It is far more important to share with others and let God fill us with blessings. Doing good points people to what will last and to what matters just like how our choice of God and prayer point us to the right places.
2015 will be a great year when we make much of our God. Choose His mercy.
Psalm 119:156 NLT
Lord, how great is your mercy; let me be revived by following your regulations.
Those who understand forgiveness have had their lives radically changed by God. His mercy takes us places that we cannot go on our own. Mercy is something that God gave us and that we can give to others. What I really like about this verse is the connection of mercy and reviving. Mercy revives people. When I receive God’s mercy, I am revived, strengthened and grow closer to my God. When I share God’s mercy with others, they are revived, strengthened and grow closer to God.
May God help all of us make the New Year the best possible by choosing to focus on God, to spend time in prayers, to serve others and to contemplate and share His mercy. Great things are ahead. Are you ready for 2015?
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