Today is New Year’s Eve 2017.
While January 1st is really “just” tomorrow, I like the symbolism of turning a fresh page to an unwritten year, full of possibilities.
Usually by now I have a long list of goals, with a gazillion steps to achieve those goals. And then, later in the year (ok, later in January!), I forget what they are. The years my goals have affected my behavior are the years my goals are very simple.
My life vision is still the same:
Love the Lord my God with all my heart, mind, and strength;
Love my neighbor as myself;
Love believers as Christ loves me.
My dream for my tombstone is still the same:
She loved God and her neighbor.
The tests of accomplishment at my death are still the same:
Hear Jesus say: “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
Have people say: “Her memory is a blessing.” (Proverbs 10:7)
2018 Goal: Hallow His Name. Regard His name as holy in everything I think, say, and do.
This year I have one core goal:
Hallow His Name. Regard His name as holy in everything I think, say, and do.
As believers in Christ, we are set apart for God and His service. We are to seek Him first. We are to put Him first in our lives. We are to treat Him as holy.
The Lord spoke, saying, “By those who come near Me I will be treated as holy, and before all the people I will be honored.” (Leviticus 10:3)
As I walk through 2018, my dream, my goal, is to have everything I think, say, and do, honor our holy God.
While this is impossible, of course, I know what to do when I fail (1 John 1:9).
And I know how to test everything:
Does this thought hallow His name?
Will these words hallow His name?
Will this action hallow His name?
And I know something about how to plan the day:
How can I hallow You today?
Will you join me?