It is a new year and a new decade! There is a certain buzz of excitement and motivation that occurs every January. Social media reminds us to set novel goals and only accept positivity in 2020.
It was very tempting to start a new endeavor, pursue new things, and “ghost” all the hard stuff from 2019. However, God called me in a different direction. He gave me the word Stewardship for 2020.
Stewardship requires me to carefully and responsibly manage what God has already given me. It gently reminds me to spend my time on what is really important. When I am a good steward, I lead with gratitude and service instead of control. Stewardship also encourages me to persevere with obedience.
Often, we jump ship, start something new, or quit because the “old thing” is taking too long, the reality is not meeting our expectations, or we simply “are not feelin’ it”.
Although careful and responsible management includes saying no to some things to get to the “best yes”, the direction of stewardship is towards completion.
How many things did God ask you to do in 2019 that you started but did not finish?
Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]. And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing. James 1:3-4 AMP
Before you jump into the “newness” of 2020, would you be willing to pray about anything from 2019 you need to keep doing to allow endurance to do a “thorough work”?
Today’s post is part of a weekly link-up for Christian writers called Five Minute Friday. Christian writers from all over the world write on a one-word prompt and post their words HERE. The word prompt for today was direction.