OK, so here it is a new year. Hard to believe we are almost a week into it already. The question is, what are we going to do with it? What can we do to ensure this is a great year? Yes, there are things that will happen to us, and around us that we have no control over. But, a lot of the time our lives go in a direction we don’t particularly want, because we are not doing anything to change it. We’re just sitting back waiting to see what’s going to happen.
Oh, I’ve been very guilty of that myself. We “wait” for things to change. We wait to get a step by step plan from the Lord, we wait for that perfect relationship, we wait for a new job to be offered to us or we wait to figure out what direction we want or should go in.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve generally found things don’t happen that way. We have to be active participants in our lives. Sometimes it seems like things just pop up suddenly and unexpectedly. A lot of the time although it seems that way, actually its because we have been praying and planting seeds and making plans and taking a step in the direction we need to go. And “suddenly” something changes.
God has such an abundant life planned for us. John 10:10 “ The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].” That does not sound like a ho hum boring life to me. Why should we be satisfied with less than what the Lord wants for us?
The Lord knows what He created us to do. He knows the gifts and the desires He put into us. When He’s saying He wants us to have an abundant life, that may mean something different for each of us. What one person considers an abundant life, to someone else that would be something they would never want in a million years. That’s because we each have different gifts, different desires and different paths to follow.
The last thing we should do is to watch other people and wonder why we aren’t doing what they are doing. Why we aren’t accomplishing the same as them. Our job is to discover our gifts and to ask God how He wants us to use them. And then to actually do something with what we have been given.
Is it easy? Not necessarily. It can be scary. What if we make a mistake? What if we are going the wrong way? So what? At least we are taking a step in faith and doing something! I don’t know about you but I don’t want to get to the end of 2017 and be in the same place I am now, at the beginning of the year wondering how another year went by so fast.
We will make mistakes. We may take some wrong turns. Still, stepping out and doing something is better than sitting back and just waiting for life to happen. None of us knows what tomorrow will bring. We need to do the best we can with what we have today.
We may think what we are doing is unimportant. It’s not. We are not all called to be the next Billy Graham or to be missionaries to a foreign country, or to be a preacher. But all of us are needed. All of us are called. Each of us has our own part to play. The Lord has so much that needs to be accomplished, and it won’t get done if we aren’t in our place doing our part.
2017 could be an awesome year with wonderful surprises and new beginnings. But we need to do our part. We need to be attentive to what the Lord may be saying to us, or showing us. We need to be willing to take a step, no matter how small it may seem. Mostly, if we don’t like our life, or the direction we seem to be going, we need to stop complaining and thinking it will never change, and get up, get moving and make a change. Do something for someone else and you just might find you are helping yourself at the same time. We only get one life, how about if we live it to the fullest.