My best for His glory

Even though we are already a few days into 2019 I still find it very refreshing to look back and take note of what God did in the last year.  So many things to thank Him for, and then to gain renewed vision for the year ahead.

I don’t usually make ‘goals’ or resolutions for the new year, but rather focus on that which Jesus is convicting me about.  My experience has been that convictions are rooted deeper than goals and have much more potential to bring change in my life.  Convictions are backed up by the Holy Spirit, with the potential to transform me from the inside out.
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One thing I am convicted of this year is to give my utmost for His highest –  my absolute best for His glory.  It’s not about what I can achieve for ‘me’ this year, or how I can become a better person, but rather giving my best in every area of my life for the purpose of Jesus receiving the glory & recognition.
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There are a number of areas for this to practically be worked out, but one main area I am already putting intentional focus is my mind and thoughts.
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James Allen said, “You are today where your thoughts have brought you.  You will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.”
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The Apostle Paul wrote, “Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-think on these things.”  
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That shows me the power of our thoughts, AND that we have the power to control our thoughts and minds.  I don’t want to limit what God can do through my willingness to serve Him just because of a negative & limiting way of thinking.
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One other main area of practical application for me is in Isaiah 50:7 “For the Lord God will help Me; therefore I will not be disgraced; therefore I have set My face like a flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed.”
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I’ve had a lot of pain over the last couple years, which has definitely provoked me to look deeper at the meaning of my life.  There has been a continual battle inside my heart and mind, wrestling with the reality that this may be part of my story for the remainder of my time on earth.  At times I have been discouraged and questioned how I am supposed to continue working when I’m chronically fatigued with pain and weakness.  It’s been taking me a long time to learn, but at least I’m slowly learning to give thanks in my weakness – because whatever little I have to bring to God He then takes and multiplies it!
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So as I aim to give my best for His glory in this year, I will literally have the choice each day between joyfully serving God with whatever I have, or forgetting everything He has already done for me and giving into feelings of discouragement and defeat.
I am convicted to follow the example of Jesus and set my face like a flint – remaining steadfast on the path He has me on.
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May you also be encouraged to give your best for His glory throughout 2019.
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“O you redeemed ones, on whose behalf this strong resolve was made – you who have been bought by the precious blood of this steadfast, resolute Redeemer – come and think awhile of Him, that your hearts may burn within you and that your faces may be set like flints to live and die for Him who lived and died for you!” – C.H. Spurgeon
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