We have often heard these words in some way or another. Whether it is a reply from someone on the phone, or a response from someone we meet, "I've gotta run" is a phrase that most of us are familiar with.
For me, it is not about being busy. No, this is a phrase that is much deeper. The reason for that is that it is extremely personal. 2016 was a great, but difficult year. We as a church were growing and undergoing a building program of a new worship center (Praise the Lord!), I watched my dad lose his battle with cancer, and our youngest child graduated from high school and joined his sibling in college (to name a few). It was just one of "those years" on a personal front.
Fast forward to 2017! The Lord dropped in my spirit that 2017 was going to be "The Year of Restoration" for us as a local church body. As such, I was reminded by the Lord something He spoke to me years ago, "Dave, you must become what you want to see in others."
So, this year I am personally making the decision (and it's not easy) to attack 2017 for all it's worth. One of the areas of attack for me will be in the area of physical health and well-being. That is the reason "I've gotta run" is so personal for me. I don't necessarily like to run, but it helps me stay (or in my case, get in) shape. In fact, I sense the Lord calling me to this...and I must answer that call.
What is the Lord speaking to you about in 2017? Here are some ideas to help you in your growth in Christ this year.
Everything begins and ends with prayer. Ask God what He wants from you this year...and then...listen for His answer. He is speaking...we are often just too noisy to hear Him.
- Be Intentional.
Growth in Christ doesn't just happen. Be intentional with your good intentions. Act on them. Then watch what God will do in your life.
- Be Accountable.
That is one of the reasons for this post. I am "putting it out there" in a sense that will hold me accountable to change. Who do you trust to ask to help you grow this year?
- Keep at it.
Keep after what God has put in your heart. Whatever that is, continue to be faithful to pursue His will for your life. While the timing may not be what you desire, He has told us in His Word to not "allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don't give up, or quit." (Galatians 6:9 - The Message)
So, join me! It is a "Year of Restoration!" Allow the Lord to renew, recharge, and refuel you this year. Remember, "we must become what we want to see in others."
Well, that's all for now... I've gotta run!