- Begin with an attitude of gratitude. Stop to think of all the good things that are part of your life and thank God for them. Be grateful for the small things, for the way God is at work in your life, for the way he has provided for you. Ask him to help you see where his grace and mercy is at work and to enlarge your trust in his faithfulness.
- Do not be afraid. No matter what this year may hold, choose to trust God in and through it. Ask him to stretch the boundaries of your comfort zone and
and to be open to the unfamiliar and embrace whatever God may bring.
- Ask God about your ‘good works’ – the ones he planned in advance for us (Ephesians 2:10). Each of us were created for a specific purpose and no matter how young (think of David) or old (think of Moses), God has something for each of us to do.
- Ask God how you can serve. Left to our own inclinations, we will focus on our own needs, but God calls us to direct our attention in love and care to the needs of others.
- Seek first the Kingdom. Ask, “Do the things of God have priority in my life?” Ask God to show you what in your life needs reprioritisation.
- Choose to live by the grace of God. Paul leant by experience, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength,” (Philippians 4:13). We can trust God to do more that we ask or think, not because of us, but because of him to be open to the unfamiliar and embrace whatever God may bring.
Have a blessed 2016!
Stephen L Baxter
Please note: I am having a break for the next few weeks and will be back blogging sometime in February.