Don’t let this year be full of distractions to be the person God created you to be.
“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” – Psalm 139:14
If you don’t fill your mind with prayer, you fill it with anxiety, worry, temptations, resentment and hostility. What you fill your mind with makes a big difference in how you act and what you believe. In other words; garbage in, garbage out!
Everyone wants the agape type of love from Him; the selfless, sacrificial, unconditional kind of love, but don’t want to give anything in return. When you give Him your all; your mind, your heart, your infinite love, He will shape and mold you into the person you’re supposed to be. Press in to be that person you were created to be.
“Mold me, shape me, until I think like you Lord.” – Romans 12:2
When you start becoming the person God desires you to be, He will lead you to make sacrifices, lead you thru dark times and uncomfortable situations. The process may break you down, but it will be intended to build you up.
He will not give you anything He knows you can’t handle, and the pathway will invariably bring you closer to Him. In those moments, keep in mind, it’s a pathway to a New Year, a New Beginning, and a New You, so, Press In!
Love can be expressed in many different ways. Jesus used 5 different love languages to show His love.
Jesus & the 5 Love Languages…
… Act of Sacrifice: Jesus sacrificed His life for us. To give one’s life for another is the greatest act of love that can be shown. This is probably the most difficult of the 5 love languages. A friend once told me that he would take a bullet for me. That kind of love is overwhelming, especially when you know it’s true because of their acts of love and sacrifice they have shown.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
… Words of Affirmation: Jesus continually planted seeds of affirmation in praise and thanksgiving to God, because He deeply loved Him. A close understanding of this verse of scripture reveals that our words are seeds that will yield fruits.
“Therefore, by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” – Hebrews 13:15
… Quality Time: Jesus was seeking prayer and communion with His Heavenly Father. Time with God, your creator and Heavenly Father, is vitally important whether it be through your Bible study, your worship time, or prayer.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33
… Giving Gifts: Jesus gave us the precious gift of The Holy Spirit when he left this earth to go be with His Father in Heaven. He said, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. … whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” Jesus promised The Holy Spirit…
“If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you.” -John 14:15
… Physical Touch: Physical touch has been proven in the medical field to bring healing and hope to people’s loves. By laying on of hands and praying, Jesus touched many hearts and healed many lives. Speaking the word of God in faith over someone, while touching them, in is very powerful and brings healing in many ways.
“He touched her hand and the fever left her.” – Matthew 18:14-15
We need to learn from Jesus’s example and love deeper in different ways.
Share with us what love language speaks to you!
I thought it would fun to hear from a younger generation, so, I ask my 3 grandkids to share their top 3 New Year’s Resolutions for “2021.” They had never made a Resolution before so my daughter-n-law Dori, gave them a quick coaching course explaining that …
A New Year’s resolution is a decision to do or not do something to accomplish a personal goal or break a habit. It comes at a time when people look back at the past year and make an effort to improve themselves as the new year begins.
I love their responses…
Sophia age 11: Jonathan age 10: Caden age 9:
1. Be productive 1. Get As & Bs in school. 1. Amusement parks.
2. Stop procrastinating 2. Survive “2021” 2. Ride more roller coasters
3. Eat Healthier 3. Go to Warriors B-Ball game 3. Play more sports
Sophia is an amazing, young lady, with knowledge, way beyond her years! I was curious to know if Jonathan meant something serious with survive “2021” because he has a hilarious sense of humor. He was being funny because “2020” was so crazy! Caden is methodical, yet, as you can see, adventurous!
Share with me your children or grandchildren’s New Year’s Resolutions.
Who knows, they may just show up on my Monday Motivator!
While only 1/3 of the population make New Year’s Resolutions every year, only 8% follow through on them. A big part of it is that many people take on too much, too fast. In January, the month right after the holidays, people are setting themselves up to fail dramatically, burn out and finish the month binge-watching Netflix and binge-eating on cookies & ice cream!
The only way to measure your success is by developing an action plan and following it.
If you want to “spend less, save more, “think about skipping that trip to Starbucks!”
“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you;He is the Messiah, the Lord.”(Luke 2:11)
To think “2020” is almost over is a relief!
“May this season in our lives remind us of God’s faithfulness”
This year, as we may know, has brought a huge shock to the world, but that should not stop us from being thankful for God’s faithfulness in, “who He is and “what He does in our lives.”
Many of us have suffered some painful situations and devastated outcomes, while others of us have miraculously survived. In any case, one thing we can always depend on is that…
God is with us……God is for us… and God is in us!
My wife, Marsha, and I were devastated when we both became ill with the Covid-19. I was hospitalized in the intensive care ward with other Covid-19 patients, where several did not make it and entered into eternity.
Even while in the midst of our difficult season we were reminded of God’s faithfulness. Many new doors and ministry opportunities have opened up and we are grateful.
May God Bless you & your family this Christmas!
May your Christmas be adorned with cheer!
The verse that came in mind while thinking about “Love” was in Romans 12:9-18,
“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”
We all go through emotions, hurt, or betrayal at some point in our life; it’s in those difficult times that we need friends who love us and help to carry our load.
Jesus tells us to love one another, to love those who hurt us, to love the sinners, and love the church; but are you genuine with your love, or do you just toss the word around because it’s easier for you to say it than for it to be done?
“But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” – (Matthew 5:44)
Jesus teaches us to “Love” even when we don’t feel like it.
It’s something we need to recognize and ask, “what does it mean to really “Love?”
No matter how much it hurts, how hard it gets, we still need to “Love” regardless the circumstances.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” – (John 13:34)
- Going out of your way for others
- Putting their needs above yours
- Loving them through their flaws and mistakes
- Praying for them
- Forgiving those who make a mistake
- Encouraging those who hurt you
- Loving like Jesus loves