Every December 31 we find ourselves taking inventory of the current year and determining to do something different in the new year. I don’t know about you, but, I usually think of an area of my life that didn’t turn out the way I thought it should and I make a resolution to focus on changing that area in the new year. Please tell me I’m not the only one. What have you resolved to change this year?
My family tradition is to spend New Year’s Eve in church, usually praying for God to reveal His will and plan for my life in the new year. I’m surrounded by other believers who are also trying to discern what God wants them to do with their lives in this new year. This New Year’s Eve started off like every other and then it dawned on me…I’ve been putting the cart before the horse. I’ve been out of order and I don’t think I’m the only one.
Perhaps you have made the same mistake each New Year. Have you started with looking for those areas that didn’t turn out the way you wanted them too and you decide that you will focus on changing that area? Have you looked around and decided that you wanted better relationships, bigger house or cars, more money at the end of the month or to finally lose those last 10lbs? You know exactly where you fell off track in the previous year and this new year will definitely be better. But will anything change if you’re doing the same thing as you’ve done before?
This year, I realized I needed to start with prayer and asking God to reveal His will for my life in the new year. I’m reminded of what the Lord said through the prophet Jeremiah, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). Have you been seeking God at the start of the new year? Have you honestly asked Him what you should do about your relationship, financial, and professional goals? Are you ready to begin living an abundant life? I know I am! This year, let’s put things in order; seeking God first, then resolving to make changes in our lives.
Recently, my pastor preached a series entitled “Steward-Shift” where he challenged us to evaluate how we are managing our time, talents, treasures and temple. That series gave me the idea for this blog: Abundant Stewardship. I’ll primarily write about financial matters, you’ll learn why later, but I want to give space for this blog to cover all areas of stewardship.