“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV
What a perfect passage to end 2018 and welcome 2019 with. This is a time to pause, reflect on what’s working for the Kingdom and what isn’t, take steps to recalibrate for that, and overall live the new life that Christ has made possible – one filled with meaning, blessing, and eternal consequences.
Thank You, Lord, for the grace You’ve given me; and for the opportunity to always return to You. I want 2019 to be the year where I recompose my life more and more to serve You, serve others, and focus on the calling You’ve given me and no one else. I want 2019 to be the year I say “no” to the good, so that I can say “yes” to the great; where I get rid of toxic, unhealthy, and unnecessary habits and behaviors – and make room for the healthy, impactful, and eteranlly-rewarding ones.
“When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.””
Luke 5:4 NIV
This year I want to reach a little deeper with everything I do – in my business, in my faith, in my relationships. I’ve been swimming on the surface with so many aspects of my life – that I’m not having as much appreciation as I could be; I’m not uncovering insights; I’m not present; I’m not living life effectively; I’m not experiencing richness – and that’s a shame.
Again, goes back to eliminating distractions, multitasking, and being in a hurry all of the time. It also makes me think of decisions in my life that should be done as a cook, and those that should be done as a chef (read this for reference)
“Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.””
Luke 5:5 NIV
It’s time to swallow my pride and just obey. It’s also a realization that doing the same thing can yield a different result because of persistence and because this time – God is with me.
“So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.”
Luke 5:11 NIV
This also aligns with my 2019 goals. There are a lot of selfish pursuits and old identities that I am still holding on to; and I need the strength and resolve to let them go and make room for my purpose in serving You and others.
What are remnants of my old life – my “fisherman” status – that should be reflected upon? Is it my career in franchising?
“When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.”
Luke 5:19 NIV
I won’t give up on seeking You, Lord. I don’t want obstacles (sin, selfishness, busyness, etc.) to get in the way of being closer to You. I will find a workaround; I will climb trees, get on top of roofs, I will have godly friends bring me to You – whatever it takes.