As this year comes to a close I can truly say that my plans have not changed, as they are not mine but Gods. I have set my goal as one not achievable this side of heaven, but one I will reach for none the less. And so I am sure that my New Year's resolve will not change from one year to the next but instead grow in it's intensity, much like a consuming fire that cannot be quenched.
I determine to continue pursuing God.
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40)
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.(John 13:34)
I have tasted the fruits of this life and would not choose to live in any other fashion, but the best that He has for me.
When I call out to God and follow Him daily with all of my heart, my soul, and my mind, then he breathes His love into me, to a point where I am overcome with the sweetness of the perfume. And then when I am called to love my neighbor, it is effortless, as the perfume of heaven is that which envelopes my friends, family and neighbors, even the stranger on the street. If I have been in the presence of the King, I reflect his radiance and this is what people will see and desire. To love the unlovely becomes simple as I see them through God's eyes.
'There is something different about that one', they might say. 'I can't put my finger on it, but she has something I want.'
It is my desire that others might see Jesus in me, and taste of heaven upon the earth. For I in myself am nothing. To strive in my own strength will leave me worn and disillusioned. Instead I choose to focus all of my effort on God who holds my days, and let Him live in me, that we may see many more faces for all eternity.
Yes, this year I continue one step at a time onward and upward reaching out for greater love, that the small world I live in may be given new life.