New Years Day is a few days away, and I always like to look back at the past years events, both good and bad. What I don't want to allow bad events to leave me remorseful, or with guilt. I know that each problem presented to me in the past twelve months are things I need to improve on, or they're situations I have no ability to control. There is no way I want to leave those things unchanged, and have to go through the same grief and suffering. With the good things that happened, I want to see what was done for them to occur and build on that foundation.
I have to ask myself these questions:
Do I want to be a better person? a better husband? a better son? father? employee? sponsor?
Do I want to have greater depth spiritually? spend more time developing
my prayer life? studying the Word? building faith? giving more?
Do I want to improve myself physically? mentally?
This is why it's important to look at past success and failures. Seeing the successes, I can take these questions and improve on those successes. Looking at my blunders, the questions can ensure not returning to re-learn the same lessons over again. I both good and bad, I can see through the Word, just how to avoid and improve.
"I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies, a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God." Rom.12:1-2 (NKJV)
"Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ." 2Cor.10:5 (NKJV)
"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom"...Col.3:16 (NKJV)
I believe the Word more than what I see with my eyes. These verses tell me to give my all to renewing my mind to the word of Christ, and capturing the junk that enters my thoughts and throwing it out like garbage, and I will improve. Living a Spirit dominated life, causes me to grow in Him. And if I live a spirit dominant life, what I think, what I want, how I feel, is secondary. Now God has something to work with, and I will be a better husband, father, son, employee, etc. You must know I may never reach that in total, but I strive for it.
From what I see now, removing the clutter is key for me in 2012. I don't want to give a second to worry over how much is in the bank. I don't want to ponder the success of my book, or the other projects I'm working on. I do want my new address to be living a balanced life, seeing good in each new day. And above all, this is what I want:
"That I know Him in the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death....forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Phil.3:10, 13-14 (NKJV)
Thanks for reading, may God bless and keep you all, Keith.