Wow, do I ever feel pumped up and ready to go into another new year! I’ve had some years that began with me digging my heals into the ground and saying, “No, I don’t want it to come! I can feel a bad year on the horizon!” Last year, I just kind of coasted into 2011 as I was not well and I really didn’t care one way or another. However, 2012 is different. I am a woman on a mission for God!
For 28 years, I knew God had something for me to do in this life other than just my everyday stuff. I have prayed, hoped, dreamed, stepped out, felt blessed, stepped back, tired out, and even at times gave up on things I felt God leading me to do. Of all of the things I have chosen to do in my life, it is those things that are eternal for which I am the most passionate about following. I find that when I tire out and give up, it’s typically when I wasn’t really doing what I was put on this earth to do even when it seemed so right at one point. For when you are serving God as you should, the Holy Spirit fills you up daily with passion and purpose for the day’s work.
Today, of this I am sure. God’s plan has got to be my plan if I want to have more than just a mediocre existence in this life. I want to do God’s will. I want to minister to those He puts in my path. I pray that the time that I spend writing is for His good and will reach many. I want to help others find Him in an intimate way as I have, in my years of walking with Him.
In my reading this week, Paul was signing a letter he wrote in Colossians 4:17-18 and his words just jumped off the page at me. He said, “…Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it. This salutation by my own hand Paul. Remember my chains. Grace be with you. Amen.”
Here was Paul, sitting in prison with his hands bound by chains, encouraging others to finish strong. If he can be so positive while in such a place of great turmoil in his own personal life, so can I. As a matter of fact, so can you! You see, God didn’t put us in this world for everything to be easy and go our way. He put us here to find Him, get to know Him, share Him, and learn to serve Him.
He has given each one of us a ministry of some kind that He wants us to fulfill. He doesn’t really need us to accomplish our tasks; but He has allowed us the privilege to walk with Him and serve Him in these ways He puts before us. I want to be like Paul. I want to be an encourager, even when times are tough. When I am down and out and bound by things of this world, I want The Holy Spirit to shine through me in a way that others will still want what I have. I want to be victorious and faithful to the end, despite my circumstances.
Our pastor preached today on being either hot or cold and not lukewarm. I want to be hot, Hot, scorching HOT for Jesus in 2012! What about you? Where is your walk in life taking you? Have you asked God to show you where He wants you serving in 2012? If not, take the time today to quiet your world before the hustle and bustle of the new year begins. Shhhh…I can hear Him, can’t you? He’s saying, “Keep praying so that I can keep you up on the latest details of what I need from you. Keep searching because sometimes My ways are not always obvious to a human mind. Keep watching for where I am at work and come join Me when You see Me. My heart longs for you to know the blessings only I can give as you learn to serve Me.”
Well, I really don’t know if that’s what He’s saying to you…I just made that up! It’s a Christian blog…I can’t lie! The fact is, what He’s saying to me is probably not what He’s saying to you. However, I do know Him well enough to know that He loves us. He desires for us to have an intimate walk with Him while on this earth, reflecting His mightiness in the lives we live.
So how are your plans for 2012 looking? Are you going to be hot, Hot, scorching HOT for Jesus this year? What ministry has God given you to fulfill? Can you conjure up just even a little bit of Paul’s faith and optimism even when times are tough? Are you ready to confidently claim the Holy Spirit’s power over you as you serve God this upcoming year in mightier ways than your mind can conceive? I’m ready. Bring on 2012! Let’s run hard, act wisely, and let’s finish strong because that’s what God would want us to do. We are His witnesses…let’s show His stuff in 2012! God’s fanning the flames…is yours lit yet?