Well, 2011 is here, whether we’re ready or not. I don’t do new years’ resolutions, and I don’t set goals. Resolutions are too easy to break, and important goals usually don’t depend on me, but on God. So, instead, I let God do whatever he wants to do in my life.
However, I can look back over the last few weeks, months, and even years, and I can see how God has been working in my life. Plus, I can sense certain desires and convictions that I think are from God. If these all work together – that is, if I don’t get in God’s way – then I can see a certain direction in my life.
For example, for the last couple of months, I’ve been working on eating more healthy. I realize that much of my unhealthy eating patters are associated with contentment. In 2010, I was not content with several things, including my job situation. I’m learning contentment in several areas, and this is leading to contentment when it comes to food. I want that to continue in the new year.
I’ve been learning what it means to follow Jesus, and I’ve found that it often has little to do with what I’ve been taught it means to be a “good Christian.” It’s often very clear where Jesus is going and what Jesus is doing. Following him, though, is not usually easy. It always means giving up something that’s precious to me. I want to follow him even more in 2011.
I’m continuing what it means that the church is the people of God, and not just a particular people – an exclusive group – but any brothers or sisters that God brings into my life. I want to be ready to and willing to build up any believers that I’m with. Many times, this means that I also need to keep learning to listen. I have a tendency to talk to others instead of listen to others. I hope God continues to work in my life in this area in 2011.
I’ve been recognized as a leader among the church. But, I’m not sure I’m recognized for the right reasons. I think sometimes I’m recognized because of my knowledge or education. Instead, I want to lead people to serve others. Service is the mark of leadership to God. I want to be known more as a servant in 2011.
So, those are some of the areas in my life where God is working. What’s going to happen in 2011? I don’t know. God hasn’t given me a vision into the future. I do, however, have a clearer view of what God expects from all of his children, and I hope my life looks more like that in 2011. I’m willing to take up my cross (sometimes) and follow him. Just being honest…
What about you? What do you think God is doing in your life now that will carry over into 2011?