This time of year is filled with an array of emotions. Some of us have triumphantly walked into the new year with excitement and vigor, while others barely survived the holidays and are eagerly walking into a new season hoping it will be better than the last. Whether you are the former or the latter, I pray that God would move in and through you this year!
Everywhere we look, social media, adds, commercials, etc. We see promotions challenging us to make a change to kick off the new year, often with a specific S.M.A.R.T goal. These goals might sound something like “I plan to lose 20 lbs before the summer begins” or “this new year I am limiting my time on Netflix to two hours a day.” Setting goals is a proven way to achieve growth in our lives. However, what if you chose to do something different this year?
My encouragement to you in 2019 is to put your “YES” on the table. Say YES to God, trusting in whatever direction He takes you. Putting your YES on the table means you are releasing control over every area of your life, trusting in God’s sovereignty and in His goodness. This act of obedience is paramount to living in freedom. It’s biblical, but often we get so caught up in what we think we should be doing or what we think God's plan is, that we miss out.
By saying YES, you are choosing to seek Him first in your life. Say YES to God by giving Him your relationships, finances, work and talents. Freely move as He calls you for His Glory. Letting go of control won’t be easy, but you can rest in knowing that God is directing your path. Will you join me in faithfully putting your YES on the table this year? I can’t wait to see what God does with our expectant faith!
“Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.” - 1 Chronicles 16:11
“Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you.”- Matthew 6:33
Lauren Cartwright lives in Burlington, VT, where she serves as a collegiate missionary and is involved in women’s ministry. She blogs at www.pursuinghope.org