Happy New Year Saints!
Most of the world has ushered in this New Year with a list of declarations or resolutions. That’s fine; there is nothing wrong with that. I for one am very task orientated so I was have a “To-Do” list that I use to manage my day, events and life. I’m also a very ambitions and determined person. I describe the nature of my drive here and here.
As I mentioned to you before I believe that God created me to do something great with my life. I’m now 33 years old and I haven’t quite figured out what that “greatness” is. I’m both attracted to it, often times in heavy pursuit after it and other times I’m fearful of what it will take out of me to achieve it.
So where am I going with all of this? Well yesterday, a family friend wished me Happy New Year and reminded me of my purpose. Here are the cliff notes:
“Amy always put God first. Never be so caught up in your own life that you forget where God has brought you from and where He is taking you. Always put God first. Sometimes we struggle for so long that when we finally have our break through that we forget our prayers and the essence behind our relationship with Christ. If you can pray and worship Him when things are down then you can pray and worship when things are up. Don’t let your ambition get in your way of Heaven and the Master.”
This week’s Sabbath school lesson discussed Satan’s fall from Heaven. Most of you know the story of Lucifer (Satan) and know his ambition among many other things began the greatest controversy over good and evil this world has ever seen. You should note that his ambition had evil intent.
So let me wrap up my point. It’s certainly okay to be ambitious. It’s certainly okay to use your God given talents and skills the way God has instructed you to; even if that means to amass wealth and riches. It’s okay to celebrate your blessings. Do all of these things remember the source of it all, God. “Always put Him first.” You may not have need this reminder but I certainly did; not because I don’t put Him first, but because sometimes I fear my ambition and celebration of my blessings will pull me away from focusing solely on Him and discovering my God given purpose.
#takemyfoolishadvice “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Phil 4:13 (KJV). If He is the source then you can never go wrong. NEVER. Happy New Year, be blessed.