A new year seems to encourage us to cast off old things and start afresh, anew. 2018 is symbolically that for me.
This morning I wrote in my journal that I spent much of 2017 recovering from a life-changing cancer surgery, to chemotherapy and radiation. I just wanted to survive and get well. All with the end result of getting back to the mission I had before.
God was gracious in doing just that. I did “survive” surgery, chemo and radiation. I was able to press on, endure. And, in September, I returned to the country I call “home” for now.
But now that I’m back, how will I make a difference? In this “new beginning” that I have been given, what will I do to make an impact in the Kingdom?
How are you being challenged? Are you being asked to make a new beginning in an area of your life? Are you willing to make those changes?
For the last few years, God has given me a verse (or verses) to be my focus for that year. A few years ago, it was on prayer. Last year, was singing songs to be thankful. As I have been praying for a verse/theme for 2018, I believe the Lord has led me to Matthew 28:19: Go and make disciples.
It is a daunting task, that shouldn’t be taken lightly. And one, noted by a cousin, that requires a person willing to be discipled.
However you are being challenged with new beginnings, may you do so with confidence, under the leadership of the Father.
Happy New Year!