Hey everyone, and welcome back to Serenity in The Spirit!
For the final post of 2018, I thought I would write something about how my life has changed this year because I think our focus is sometimes a little off. Whilst the moments that shape our lives are very important to us, I think it is important to also consider the value of each of these moments. How have these ups and downs made us into the people we are today compared to the people we started the year as? What progress have we made, if any? And if no progress has been made, why not? What do you want to achieve next year and how will that happen?
In no particular order:
I am more mindful of the content I watch, read and listen to.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things – Philippians 4:8
This began to change for me from around July. In some cases, the entertainment we enjoy is not actually good for us. I have touched on this in a previous post. I believe our subconscious takes in a lot more than we even recognise which means we have to be careful where we take influence from.
I write a blog now.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations – Matthew 28:19
So, in case you have stumbled across SiTS by accident – this is my blog! I started writing in June of this year and I have never looked back. As a blog writer (or ‘blogger’ I think the kids call it) not only has my schedule changed (I am now required to factor in time for writing the blogs and creating social media content etc.) but I am also more aware of not being a hypocrite. I try to ‘practice what I preach’ and part of that means taking my own advice. It’s easier said than done but I definitely feel this blog has positively changed my life particularly in that respect.
My works are for the Lord.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters – Colossians 3:23
Whether it may be stepping out to offer food to a homeless person or simply cleaning my room I hold my actions to a higher standard as Jesus deserves nothing less. Again, this is easier said than done, and I haven’t managed to perfect it yet but I have definitely noticed a change in my attitude towards even what I’ve always labelled as trivial tasks.
I am remaining celibate until marriage.
Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. – 1 Corinthians 6:18
Technically I made this decision in 2017 not 2018 but, of course, the decision has impacted my life this year. I feel this one is pretty self-explanatory but I will say again, sometimes I feel it’s easier said than done.
Continual praying/praying about everything and anything
Pray continually – 1 Thessalonians 5:17
It may seem obvious to many Christians but when I realised that God cares about EVERYTHING in my life, it blew my mind. I speak to God so much more now than I ever have and it brings me such peace. Simply admitting that God has the ultimate control over everything and submitting my requests to Him has allowed Him to work in areas of my life that I previously would have assumed He didn’t have time for.
That’s it! Now, I am not saying I have mastered any of those 5 things, it is probably more accurate to say I have realised their importance. Consequently, I have been taking steps to ensure I keep up with them all as the differences these changes have made in my life are truly incredible. As I have learnt this year, it’s not an easy road but it is a fulfilling one.
Thank you all for reading Serenity in The Spirit this year. Whether this is the only post you’ve read or you have read every single post at least twice (thanks Ted), I pray that the blog is blessing you by giving you a deeper understanding of who God is and His love for you.
Wishing you all the best for 2019, it is my prayer for you that the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7).