It’s a brand new year! You made it!
In this new year, let’s all be mindful of the role we play in God’s master plan.
In the same way, let your light so shine before men that they may see your good deeds and glorify your father in heaven.
In our constant struggle for balance between feeling stable and successful and submitting our will to God’s, it can be easy to get so wrapped up in what we’re doing that we forget why we’re doing it. Let’s be real, appearances are important to us. A lot of the satisfaction we get from feeling “in control” is appearing to others that we have a handle on things and that we’re doing well. It is not wrong to feel like others should see you doing well. The above verse is proof of such. However, be mindful of why the gaze of others is important to you.
Ask yourself these questions:
- Am I seeking the approval of others before God’s?
- Am I too excited about the way I appear to others?
- Is my reputation pointing others to God’s presence in my life?
In this new year, every goal you set, every milestone you reach, every win you publicize, should be a testament to God’s faithfulness in your life. None of us achieve anything of our own strength, courage, guidance etc. By committing ourselves to God, we draw those things from God’s power.
Be sure that all of your actions are rooted in a love for others that mirrors God’s love for you. it is that love that will direct them toward your love for God and the availability of God’s love for anyone open to it. Put forth the work but the glory is not our own. It is God’s.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!