“Arise, shine; for your light has come, And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.” Isaiah 60:1
This is one of my favorite times of the year! Most everyone is wrapping up the celebrations of Christmas and we start to look forward towards the new year. For probably close to 15 years now, I have taken time to do something that has become sacred ground for me. I would like to share it with you and invite you into something similar.
All of us know what it means to make New Year’s Resolutions, and we know what it is to break them within a few weeks of the New Year. As women, we also know what it means to carry around guilt. I’m not a good enough mom, not a good enough wife, not a good enough friend, just not good enough period. But the Holy Spirit encouraged my heart several years ago to take the last part of the year to reflect on what has gone right.
We spend far too much time reflecting on what has gone wrong, but the truth is that whether we feel like situations went favorably or not, God is working something in us that is beautiful. And hopefully we can look back over the last year and see how we have grown. It may be as simple as, “I didn’t get as upset over that as I would have a year ago.” Then celebrate the victories. Celebrate what God has done for you and celebrate what God is doing in you! It is a beautiful process! You are becoming what He designed for you to be.
During this time, the Holy Spirit may also point out some things that didn’t go so well, and you feel like you could have done things a little better. Well, those things are for the next step. The beautiful thing about the Holy Spirit is that He never beats you over the head with your downfalls. He merely points those things out because He wants to upgrade you in those areas. He is showing you what He wants to work in you next!
So, as I review where God has taken me and take the time to celebrate those moments, I also ask Him to point out things in me that He wants to change.
As believers, we should always be growing. Now, let me just say this is very different than a New Year’s Resolution. Resolutions are often based on our performance and because we are not perfect, we often fail. Rather, this is allowing God to point out what He wants to change in us and agreeing and partnering with Him. These have a much greater rate of success! This is because He is doing the work in us and we are simply agreeing.
So as I end the year and look forward to the new, I simply ask God to enter into my process. To work in me what only He can do. I invite you to do the same. It allows us to see ourselves the way heaven does – a masterpiece in process. He sees the end from the beginning and revels in what you are becoming. And He desires to invite you into the process. Agree with heaven over your life this year and allow Him to show you what He is working in you!
Father, You truly are good, and you created us for your purpose and pleasure. Will You show us the pleasure You feel over us and the process You are working in us? We desire that our lives would display Your glory!