On January 1, every year, I set goals in eight areas of my life. This is not a blog about goal setting. It is about finding our value in what God has declared about us in Christ and not in our goals or potential achievements. Our true value comes from what our Creator and Redeemer says about us and not the number of goals we set/reach, achievements, awards, positions, possessions, or promotions. For years, I have wrongly seen my value as attached to my achievements.
Every new year offers opportunities to reevaluate, recalibrate, renew our commitments, and set fresh goals. I’ve made a list of 20 truths you already know but need to affirm as you consider the changes you want to make going forward. Here’s a hint – don’t make changes based on false beliefs, fears, frustrations, anger, or worldly value systems. Find your value and direction in God’s truth about your identity in Christ.
1. God is fully in control of every tiny detail of your life.
2. God knows everything that is going on and is not surprised by anything that happens.
3. God loves you more deeply than you can comprehend.
4. God is fully present with you.
5. God has not and will not abandon you.
6. God intends GOOD to come from everything He allows in your life.
7. “God is always doing 10,000 things and you may be aware of three of them”. (John Piper)
8. God is not finished with you.
9. God has plans for you and your family. He will use pain as part of His process.
10. God knows how to get you exactly where He wants you to be.
11. God doesn’t need your help to accomplish His will.
12. God purchased you. You and your reputation belong to HIM.
13. God did not call you to fix anyone, not even your family members.
14. God is deepening your life message and will bring good fruit from it.
15. God can be trusted. His ways are true and His timing is perfect.
16. God’s mercy is fuller, His grace is deeper, and His love is wider than you imagine.
17. God’s goodness, love, and mercy can look confusing to us on the street level of our lives.
18. God’s truth is most effective when it is saturating our thinking and motivating our obedience.
19. God has no trouble providing for your every need. (Financially, physically, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually.)
20. God is bigger and more powerful that you know. He will use His power, love, and wisdom, to bring help, hope, and healing to your life.
May I suggest making a copy of this list and putting it somewhere you will see it daily. Take time to read and affirm the truths contained here. Embrace them as you continue into the New Year.
Care for Pastors wants to help you navigate through the marital challenges, the ministry conflicts, and the empathy fatigue you will face in the coming year. Please know that you are not alone. Reach out to us.