Do you ever stop to think about how far you have come? What God has brought you through and how He has grown you? I’m doing a lot of that with the new year and new decade that has started. So I thought I would make a list of some of the things God has taught me over the past year.
- Forgiveness – seems pretty straightforward right? Just tell the person who hurt you that you forgive them? No! Yes, you should tell the person you forgive them but forgiveness is first a heart thing. Forgiveness means giving up bitterness towards the person. It means letting go of your natural want for vengeance. When I finally understood the utter selflessness of forgiveness I was able to forgive all those who hurt me in the past. And ultimately I was able to let go of the pain I had harbored in my heart for so long.
- Fear – this is definitely a thing I have struggled against all of my life and still do today. Fear is natural of course because it protects us from danger but there can be too much. And a lot of people, including myself, have too much. That fear ultimately gets to the point where it causes major anxiety and panic attacks which can be debilitating (take it from a pro). But what God taught me this year was how to overcome that fear. The only way to do that is to be overcome with Christ’s love. 1 John 4:18 says that perfect love casts out fear and that is what Christ’s love does. It can help you rid yourself of that paralyzing fear. When I am in the midst of an anxiety attack the best thing I can do is focus on Christ. Think of His love and how it can overcome the fear I am currently facing. I’ve also found that when I cannot think about His love that it is good to have a friend who can speak truth to you. Overcoming fear and anxiety is still a process I am going through and it may be lifelong but Christ’s love is the only way to make it through.
- Surrender – this is probably the most important thing I learned this year. The art of surrendering to God. Giving every part of my life to Him and living it for His glory. I even created my mantra for the year from this lesson. “Live life for the glory of the King.” The Bible says that whatever we do should be done for the glory of God. This includes surrendering everything to God. Every blessing and trial surrendered to Him. Every blessing and trial for His glory. That’s the way it should be. Releasing control of our lives so that He can have control.
I pray each and every one of you has an amazing year filled with learning new lessons and growing in your walk with Christ. I hope my little explanation of the lessons I learned in 2019 will help you on your journey. Have a blessed year my beautiful people!