The end of one year and the beginning of the next is always a great time to look at what God has done in our lives in the past year as well as to ponder what changes we want Him to make in the coming year. I really don’t believe in making New Year’s resolutions, but I am learning to live intentionally and to allow the Lord to do what He wants to do in my life.
God has blessed the decisions I have made in the past year to follow His leadership into new areas of ministry as I have taken on new assignments in the Women’s Ministry of First Baptist Dallas. We all want to make decisions daily that we know He will bless. We can know that He will bless our decisions if we make decisions that:
- He initiates
I have directed you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in upright paths. (Proverbs 4:11)
Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes, and I shall observe it to the end. (Psalm 119:33)
- Accomplish His purpose
for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13)
- Depend on His strength
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
- Result in giving Him glory
Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
- Promote justice, kindness, and humility
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)
- Reflect His character
Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe. (1Timothy 4:12)
- Come from faith
And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)
- Consider the interests of others
do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. (Philippians 2:4)
- Are bathed in prayer
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6)
As you consider what changes you might want to make in the coming year and want to learn more about making good decisions you will find more information in the Decision Making Biblical Key by June Hunt.
About the Writer:
Anna Schaefer leads the W.E. C.A.R.E. team for the Women’s Ministry of First Baptist Dallas, a widow, a mom, a grandmother and grateful to the Lord for giving her opportunities to share with other women in several ministries through First Baptist Dallas.