This time of year offers an opportunity for a very special perspective as we stand between two years. One is behind us and the other lies before us; which makes this a perfect time to assess our spiritual growth throughout the past year. Personally, I like to begin with asking myself questions. Did I reverence God as the sovereign LORD of all creation with my life? Did I honor him daily as his child with my actions, my words, and all of my heart? Did I do all I could to advance his kingdom in this city, in my community, to those around me? Was his desire for all of mankind to be saved and to worship him, a priority thought in my mind? Did I USE the gifts he gave me to bless the kingdom in Port Huron? Did I do my share to bless others, especially my spiritual family? Was I truly thankful for everyday he gave me, and for my blessing of daily bread as he provided for all of my needs? Did I really express gratefulness for all he has blessed me with? As I eagerly asked him to forgive me for the sins I committed, was I also equally eager to forgive others who wronged me? Help me Lord not to be a hypocrite. As this year has been full of diverse temptations, did I ask God as my protector to shield me in my weaknesses, and to keep me safe from the evil that lurked all around me? Finally, in my weakness and limitations do I, in faith believe God is all powerful and unlimited in all things? Did I take my cares and concerns to him acknowledging that his wisdom is infinitely higher than mine? Did I do better this year in giving him control of my life than in the past, so that in all things he would receive the glory?
Undoubtedly, the real application of the Lord’s prayer is not just something to say, but intended to be put into action in our daily lives.
So, how did you do in 2018 for the cause of Christ? Could you have done better? Will you vow to do better in 2019?
Continue to grow and be blessed. Blessings.