The beginning of the year presents an opportunity to set strategy and move forward, but the most important part of this process is prayer as we seek God’s direction in our lives and ministries.
Somehow, as a family of five (with a steady stream of houseguests), we’ve managed to live in a house with only one bathroom for over sixteen years. In 2018 we decided to change that. It wasn’t really a resolution for the new year, but it was a goal of ours to transform a dingy basement closet into a full bathroom. A plumber (Ben), an electrician (Caleb), and a carpenter (Mike) worked diligently for about a month to turn a tiny storage closet with gigantic, seventy year old cast iron pipes and rotting wood into a beautiful new space. We were in awe of their skill.
At the beginning of 2019 I can think of no better resolution than to live for the fame of Jesus Christ more than ever this year. The Christian missionary Henry Martyn was surrounded by religious leaders once who were trying to convert him to Islam. One of the clerics blasphemed Jesus' name. Henry began to weep. They were surprised and asked him why he was crying. Martyn explained, "You have just blasphemed the name of my wonderful friend and Savior, Jesus Christ."
The end of the year is just days away! Are you ready to finish this year strong and begin the new year with renewed enthusiasm and vigor? I have not been one for making resolutions, but I am in favor of reflecting and reviewing what the past year has been and then making plans and laying the foundations for the new year to come!