God is so good and faithful. And awesome. How many times have we sinned and walked in carnality? If I was God, the majority of the world would have been destroyed because of my impatience ( one of my resolutions for next year). I don't get how God can love a creation who constantly neglects Him and does their own tidings. Any whose, I've been spending my last days of 2013 in Quincy, MA. It was to attend my cousin's blessing for her marriage. Bostonian's have a reason to be flaunting their Patriots and Bruins jerseys everywhere...they actually win. That is kinda off topic, but seriously Leafs' fans aren't you embarrassed?
My cousin and her husband became spiritual recently and it was a shocker to me. They are new Christians, so please continue to pray for them up. Within, my first few days of staying there I lashed out at them. It was nice for us to humble ourselves, because like my cousin in law said " Obviously God doesn't want us to be mad, so the devil is trying to use this opportunity". I was perplexed on what made them turn to faith. I mean they seem to have pretty comfortable jobs and they can live off their love right? But my cousin in law basically paraphrased what his pastor consistently re-iterates each week : You can't give God 60 or 90 percent, it's all or nothing. He appreciated the fact that his pastor doesn't tickle your fancy but just tells it like it is.
This Monday morning I had a dream. It looked similar to lets say Grand Central station. There were countless people just going to places. I saw people I knew and when I said Hi to them, they didn't even acknowledge me. Just too busy I suppose. Everyone had destinations and places to go and I was just watching people for a couple of minutes. Finally, I woke up and I was like : What is the meaning of that? I felt God telling me that most people are busybodies always trying to occupy themselves with seemingly important stuff that they forget God or even looking after themselves (could be spiritual or things like exercise). We all have time we just have to utilize it in the right way.
How does this tie in with the new year? Well, I think if we've experienced a less than stellar year, all we need to do is go back to God and give him our 100 percent. God is always willing to refresh us, to renew us, only if we are willing to receive Him. You can go murder someone and if you're truly remorseful God will give you a second chance. This year can be utilized for God's glory. But, one thing I think God wants us to really focus on is the discipline that we exercise in our lives. I don't think we can be Christian and eat garbage, spend copious amount of hours on TV, procrastinating, neglecting thy body...I think you get the point. I think God wants us to be like Navy Seals when doing tasks and pay close attention to detail. Although, the world may have lower standards, we must acknowledge that we are serving a higher purpose...a higher being. Below, I posted some videos that I strongly urge you to watch that I believe emphasize the importance of discipline as well as an article on why our prayers aren't answered. If you take the time to go through these I promise you that you will be blessed and perhaps even challenged and convicted. I'm not sure yet but perhaps I will do weekly updates on how my discipline is going to keep myself accountable and also be an example. Have a great year and let's be champions for Christ!
Discipline and Diligence in our Youth
Just because God gave us a body, doesn't mean we abuse it!
God we thank you for 2013 and the souls you have brought to your throne. We thank You for 2014 and the souls you will bring. We thank you for the diligence and steadfastness that we will adopt. We thank you that we can look ahead to greener pastures and the dreams you have envisioned for us. We will never give up. Amen.