I made a resolution for 2020. It has been brewing in my spirit for a few days now and I have finally set it free and now I can express it and talk about it. My main resolution for the new year is to not take God for granted. It may sound like something most of us don’t do and at first glimpse it sounds like not a valid resolution but it is. I have been scanning my life, my habits, my lifestyle and my thought patterns for a few days. It appears that even though I am grateful to God most of the time, there is still room for growth. Not taking God for granted means acknowledging Him in all my ways. In my thoughts, in my habits and in my lifestyle.
Are my habits a reflection of my awareness of God? I can think of many examples when I put God on silent and go on with my life. The pauses are not long but they are there. God doesn’t take a break from us so I can’t afford to take a break from Him. I get so engulfed in my life at times that God is a tiny wave in the ocean of the busyness of life. He shouldn’t be a small curling body of water; He should be the motion that commands which way the ocean should go. When our ocean is steered by the affairs of life and we have no control, we need to bring God back to the forefront. The One who can walk on water should be walking all over our lives, leading us, guiding us and being the center of our universe.
Not taking God for granted implies taking Him seriously all the time and letting Him come first. He is God. He is on a throne and we should keep Him on the throne. There is nothing and no one more important than the Lord. No one and nothing deserves the pedestal we give them. As this new year is starting, I am consciously removing all the things and people I have put on a throne. They are not as many as they used to be but some of them are still sharing the spotlight with the Lord. There is something majorly wrong with that picture and I am working on reframing it and making it the picture perfect it is supposed to be.
God deserves to occupy the whole picture and everything else should be in the background. He is the alpha and the omega and the finisher of our faith. Without Him we wouldn’t be here. Without Him I wouldn’t be where I am now. He doesn’t take me for granted. He makes me a priority. I want Him to be my number one. Not just in words but in action and in truth as well. I’m going to look at everything I have and be thankful for all of it because I have a lot thanks to the Lord. I am not going to waste anything, any food, any time, any words and any money. My goal is to be a good steward of what the Lord gives me and use it for His glory.
When we take someone or something for granted, we assume that they will always be there and we don’t need to focus on them now. They will be there so we can attend to them later when we have time. I live in the tri-state area and many people I know take some of the most amazing monuments around for granted thinking that they don’t have to go visit them since they will always be there. I know a lot of people who have never been to the Statue of Liberty but it’s on their bucket list. The Statue is less than two hours away. I don’t want to make God wait until I have time to attend to Him.
I do pray a few times a day but I can acknowledge God more in all I do in between prayers. That is what I am talking about. Paying attention to the Lord more than ever. I also want to remind myself of His past goodness and how present it is. I have experienced a lot of amazing things in my life and I want to resuscitate them more often. Not to live in the past but to remind myself of how big my God is. I don’t want to rejoice when good things happen and then just move on to the next best thing forgetting about what happened. God is the best. He deserves my best attention. My resolution is to give Him my full attention. I hope it resonates with you. Happy new year! Let it be the year of the awareness of God in our lives.
Suggested reading: John 16:13; Romans 12:9; 1 John 3:18