And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Live with these commandments as your utmost priority and let everything else fall in behind accordingly.
Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths.
May we always be in this posture, intentional to know God’s ways.
And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.
1 John 3:23
Let us begin this new year reminded of the simplicity of God’s commandment: love Jesus and love one another. Let this be the filter through which you make all decisions and derive all actions.
And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
Blessings may land in your lap and if they do be grateful, but be reminded that often we must ask, seek, knock repeatedly. Don’t grow weary in this – view it as yet another opportunity to experience God’s presence. If you look at it that way, you’ll see there is as much blessing in the asking as there is in the receiving.
But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
When you find yourself in over-achiever mode, step back for perspective. Going at warp speed is necessary at times but don’t allow yourself to work so hard and so fast that you forsake what’s most important.
An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest. But Jesus, knowing the reasoning of their hearts, took a child and put him by his side and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you all is the one who is great.”
Let your pursuit of Jesus be the driving force in all you do, not your ego.
The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.
Be careful to not react in haste. Slow and steady is the way go to.
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.
Be a conduit, not a bottleneck.
As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.
1 Corinthians 12:20
You were designed uniquely, by God, to be exactly “you.” Be confident in your place and purpose, knowing that you are an essential part of the whole. Don’t worry about what you’re not – focus on being the best at who and what you are.
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
Be reminded that you are known. You also know His voice, so follow His lead. You can trust that He knows what He’s doing, specific to you: your life, your dreams and your healing.