Okay, Okay I know that January is almost over.
Happy New Year !
Have you ever had a feeling like, this is my year…..this is it, MY year?
I have that feeling, and it’s exhilarating.
And the best part about it is that there are no New Year’s resolutions, no lofty to do lists, no unrealistic expectations, no self-perpetuated stress.
And guess what? It’s been the best January yet. At the end of the month, I am just as encouraged and motivated as I was in December.
Now don’t get me wrong, I still have goals, and I have been moving forward on my Big Dream. But it’s not forced or manipulated.
When your have to’s become your want to’s, there is freedom.
How true is that in our spiritual life too? When we keep the laws with a motivation of love, and not performance based works, or guilt or obligation or shame. So much freedom. And “good” works flow from that, not from striving or achieving.
I’m glad that this year, I have been blessed with a better grasp on Grace.
I know it’s slightly out of context. But this verse further encouraged me today.
2 Corinthians 8:8-12
I speak not by commandment, but I am testing the sincerity of your love by the diligence of others. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.
And in this I give advice: It is to your advantage not only to be doing what you began and were desiring to do a year ago; but now you also must complete the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to desire it, so there also may be a completion out of what you have. For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have.
With readiness to desire it, and moving forward to completion,