Good Folks, it is January 4, 2019. Happy New Year to everyone.
I made no resolutions of losing weight, exercising, reading more for pleasure or the like. I am resolve to make a concerted effort in getting rid of outdated materials in my office and minimizing clutter. Hopefully, that should be doable.
Every church has its strengths and growth challenges. Every church, to grow, should incorporate the desire to be hospitable, missional, generous, and be disciple-making of Jesus Christ. Each of these areas requires intentional effort and committed individuals that find their own particular area of passion. I believe that 2019 will be a great year as we continue being faithful to the mission of the church: Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. What that transformation looks like should be in the image of Christ. To be Christ-like in everything we say and do.
I have certain scriptures that are my “go to” during times of challenge, need of comfort and direction; however, for 2019, I would like to propose a “Year of Gratitude.” Maybe, just maybe, if we made a conscious effort to write a note to someone who has made an impact on our lives, do so in gratitude. A scripture that comes to mind is from Colossians, chapter three, verse 16:
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.
I thank God for being the God who calls, sustains, directs, grants spiritual gifts and is the constant source of forgiveness through Jesus Christ. Many of us feel the same way about God and God’s influence on our own life.
You are invited to be creative and intentional on how you can live in 2019 with a greater sense of gratitude. Now, if I have offended you because you already do live this way, forgive me.
May 2019 be greater than you can imagine, filled with joy, peace and gratitude.
Blessings from Duncanville,