Do you still make New Year’s resolutions? I know some people have stopped making those because they are never accomplished or probably because other things happen along the way. I mean, there is no right or wrong when you make it or not. As for me, I always set new goals every year. I carry over my previous year’s goals and then just add new goals for the new year. I call them my FAITH GOALS. I call them faith goals not because I leave everything to just my faith. I call them faith goals because I know that it is not just by my own effort but also with God’s provision, wisdom and guidance that I will be able to attain those.
But I tell you, not all of my goals are achieved by every end of the year. Mostly only 1 or 2. I just continue keeping them in my list until slowly all of them will happen. Or, I take out some from my list if God leads me to a different direction.
Setting goals is never too late for anyone. It doesn’t even have to be done just every start of the year. And goals don’t have to be tangible all the time. Character building can also be a faith goal. Like, being more forgiving, being more kind, being more tactful or being more disciplined in reading God’s Word and in prayer.
Whatever our goals may be – be it being able to buy a new home, get a Master’s degree or to spend more time with family, less time on internet, more time for ministry – we can really know if it will happen if we take a leap of faith. Trust that God cares about your goals and He will not let you pursue something that is not what is best for you. Have faith and always be patient!
It’s the last month of the year. My favorite time of the year – lights, caroling, decorations are just everywhere. Anywhere you look seems so happy and vibrant. I just can’t help but smile and feel good. Also, this month is much looked forward to as well. I missed spending two Christmases with my family. I’m just excited to go home.
I can’t imagine how the months this year had swiftly passed by. My memories of last Christmas are still very fresh in my thoughts. And as I look back what had happened in the past months, I can’t help but be amazed.
My first 3 months of this year were a bit heartbreaking for me. My heart was really torn. I was excited coming home here in Manila but at the same time I didn’t want to leave Canada. I wished I can just travel back and forth anytime I want. When I arrived here, a lot has changed big time. And I felt like I’m a stranger even in my own apartment. It took me awhile to be able to adjust again.
And then a lot of things happened in between the year which I never expected. I was even telling God that if ever I would be asked to go back to Canada, I might say no. 🙂 I’ve met new and old friends. I’ve built new relationships. I’ve grown in my walk by being part of a ministry. I’ve been serving God to the extent that I never had done before. I saw the bigger picture which I never imagined when I went through a tough time in Canada. When I had so many questions last year, God answered all of them this year. And everything perfectly made sense to me.
What am I trying to say? God does not allow things to happen in our life without a reason. God is not a happy go lucky. He always have the best plan for all of us. We may not know it for now, it may take a while for us to know. But for sure one day, He will make you understand why. A little faith on a BIG GOD is enough to just trust and wait.
How about you? How was your 2012? 🙂
All I can say, to God be all the glory for everything that had happened this year in my life. This year has been a very overwhelming journey with the Lord.