As the new year begins, it is a very good time to re-examine our lives and make decisions that enable us to grow as persons and as children of God. Here are some suggestions you might consider.
1. Resolve to know God better. You do this by giving yourself over to His plan and work. Spend time, often, reading the Bible. Spend time, often, in prayer. Spend time, often, working with God to achieve God’s purposes. Start the year off right by attending and participating in the Wesley Covenant Service on January 6th (see article elsewhere).
2. Resolve to know others better. You do this by making yourself available to others, revealing who you are and offering your gifts and talents to others. Spend time with friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and others. Get to know them, and let them get to know you. Relationships are very important.
3. Resolve to know yourself better. Spend time, often, in self-reflection. Pray about the growth edges of your life, asking God to refine you. Seek inner healing of your emotional and spiritual wounds. Work on the parts of YOU that need work. Resolve to be a better you in a year than you are now.
God wants to bless you, and He wants you to be a blessing to others. Make 2008 a year in which you grow closer to God, to others and to yourself. You are a precious child of God!
Happy New Year!