Hello eternal family,
I am super elated to wish you all a happy new year in this beautiful and glorious year which we have all entered (I know it’s Jan 5th already).
Glory be to God for His ever-enduring grace and mercy upon us all.
It’s a new year and for many of us, it has been a practice to have a new word for the year. I believe this is a great thing. I do it too.
In fact, my word for the new year is “More Spiritual growth.“
Yes, emphasis on “more.”
The past couple of years of my life I’ve been in a season of preparation and that continues this year.
As a believer, I believe that we do not simply operate on a year-to-year basis but we operate in seasons.
For some of us, it’s a new year and a new season. And for some of us, it’s a new year but the same season.
When I got my word for this year and I realized that it’s been a similar word for about 2-3 years. I was a bit frustrated and wondered, “when do I go into another season, God.”
And He said, “There is more.”
In all honesty, I know and understand that there’s more and I could have done better on my part in the last year towards this but last year was just phew!! I don’t even wanna talk about it.
Anyway, I am committed to more spiritual growth this year.
What does that look like?
• More reading and studying of the Bible
• More praying in the spirit and in understanding (mainly intercession).
• More fasting
• More meditating
• More fellowship with the Holy Spirit.
• More fellowship with siblings in Christ
• More evangelizing
• More teaching and preaching.
A couple of weeks before the end of the year, I sat down with my friend and we drafted out our goals for 2022. A week or so later was when God was impressing on my heart “His” vision for me in 2022. He emphasized the need to cut out distractions and immediately I wondered if some of the goals I had previously written down with my friend were mere distractions. They are great goals but in this current season of more spiritual growth, they could easily go from being good to bad a.k.a distractions.
As I wrote and pondered on my word for this year, “more Spiritual growth,” I wondered with frustration, “Is that all I’m supposed to do this year? But I have my doctoral degree to pursue, I have a job that takes a chunk of my time, I have family and friends that need me, I have desires I want to achieve too.” I kinda just went on letting God know how packed this year is already and I can’t just focus only on Spiritual Growth.
Again, He said, “cut out distractions” And I just understood that I’m gonna have to prioritize God this year. I got no choice. While I do other things, God must be first and center.
Now, I don’t know what your word for this year is but I believe that you can also do more with your relationship with God and your spiritual growth.
So, I want to implore you to make God first at the top and center of your vision board and goals for this year. As you chase other things, chase God too, zealously.
I know we might say we do not have the time and luxury to chase God this year but we definitely can if we desire it.
I pray that each day of your life in this year will be filled with God. You will end this year, look back and say, “Yes, I enjoyed God this year. I tapped into more.”
Life is in seasons. Let God guide and direct you. Trust not in your own understanding and desires. In all your ways acknowledge him and he shall make your path straight (Proverbs 3: 5–6).
Have I wished you a Happy New Year?
Well, there you have it. 🙂
Let’s enjoy God and grow more this year.
You are Eternally Loved.