I have no creative and catchy new year mantras/declarations for this blog post or in general. But in my recent quiet moments of reflection after the high of holiday good cheer, eggnog, and one Christmas cookie too many, I was subtly reminded by the Lord of this:
“But our citizenship is in heaven….” – Philippians 3:20
In all its familiarity, the words of this scripture can help shape many of our agendas, plans, and mindsets for the new year. An identity directly linked with things above is full proof and relieves the pressure to be the BEST anything in 2017 – the best wife, the best mom, the best worker, the best leader, the best student, the best everything. Too often, we are encouraged to create a PERFECT life at the start of a new year. But what if our focus shifted just a bit?
What if we simply rested in God’s will as we focused on the things that truly matter to eternity?
As women with a distinct mission, we are called to be set apart in our lifestyle as we seek to relate to a holy God. Furthermore, we matter to the kingdom of God as He strategically places us in positions and roles that will directly point to glorifying Him. Like no other time in my life, I’m believing that an influx of people will come to know the true and living God – no shortcuts, no excuses – just Jesus Christ as the redeemer of ALL THINGS.
And yes, this has meant minimizing some things in my life while maximizing other things. However, this is okay as I’m reminded daily that there are hurting, broken, and lost people who are looking to see “God’s Kingdom come on earth as it is in Heaven…” This is surely a lasting and powerful movement that I’m honored to be apart of.
God bless you and may you have many purposeful days as a “citizen of heaven” in the months ahead.
With Deborah Joy Winan’s “The Master’s Calling” on repeat (LISTEN HERE), I wish you a Happy New Year! I look forward to connecting with you here on the blog next month.