Happy New Year!
It’s that time of the year, at least the first month again, where people begin to promise themselves something they would like to do better at. People make plans, and plan budgets and proclaim that this year is not going to be like last year. I’ve seen it.
Most of my personal New Years resolutions this year have to do with my new and upcoming marriage. At the end of this month, I will marry a wonderful man and I am over the moon about it. I know though, that marriage isn’t a cake-walk, I have heard many times that the first year is the hardest, though I have also met people that say their first year was smooth sailing. I know that it depends on what you and the other put into it, so I’m promising myself to be a good wife after God own heart.
When I really got to thinking about it though, my ministry goals are the same. Monfort Heights has been talking a lot about “continuing the ministry” that God has set before and “joining in God’s ministry.” Wedding themes seem to be all that are dancing in my head these days, but my New Years resolution for my specific ministry areas is to remember that the church is the bride of Christ. Sometimes I have to remember that when a youth group discussion doesn’t go where I want it to go, that it isn’t my ministry. I am an agent of the church, the bride of Christ.
For less general resolutions, I want to see my students uncover the beauty of scripture for themselves. I want to grow with them in the story of Christ and it’s my prayer for this year that each of them will find a part of their story in scripture, recognizing their creator, redeemer, and savior within themselves. When I hear them ask questions that are theological in nature, my heart swells. When I hear my younger students not only recite the Lords Prayer, a prayer they didn’t know just weeks ago, but also explain to me what each stanza means in their own words, I know that God is working in this place.
My new years resolution in all aspects of my life is to continue. Continue God’s plan for my life, that I may continue God’s ministry in my work and service, and that I may continually seek the plans and guidance of Christ. In Philippians, Paul encourages this same thing to the servants of Philippi and I would urge the same things to you believers that as I begin this new year both personally and in ministry, I will pray with confidence and with joy that He who created and began a good work in you would continue it to completion until the day of Jesus Christ our Lord.