By Ralph Pyskowski
and Elizabeth Pyskowski
A new year of uncertainty is upon us but still one that yields great promise. Although 2015 brought many negative surprises to the world, you can still count your blessings if you are honest. Have you reflected on the past years highlights and mistakes? Hopefully you can point to some accomplishments for the year. If your “trophy room” is a little bare, at least you can try again. The most important thing we can do is learn from our mistakes and make progress. God desires that you have something to show for your service to him.
This conclusion is made in John 15:8: “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.” Of course this means the fruit of the spirit such as love, joy, and patience. Those attributes are accomplishments in and of themselves, however, the verse can mean more. This scripture confirms the fact that we are here for a purpose and should consider whether we are completing the objectives God has for us. We have all been given talents and abilities for a reason. Just like a disciplined hunter on the field who captures an impressive game. The great feeling of making a difference and doing something major for God’s Kingdom is what life is all about. What do you have to show for your relationship with God? After all, this is all that will matter when life on earth is over.
In moving on to 2016, set your target on something big. Realizing that we cannot do anything on our own is the key to living a productive life. Putting our trust in a gigantic God and leaning on him should produce enormous results. Our problems and barriers are small in comparison with his power. Be disciplined to seek him daily and persistent in achieving your goals and the trophy room will be full this year. Whether it is on the job, in the community, or at home, God desires that you bear fruit. He is glorified when you do great things in his name. If your lifestyle points others to Jesus and reveals his magnificence, then you have succeeded in something wonderful. Submit the new year to the Lord and live an accomplished and fulfilling life.
(Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski, Your Brother & Sister In Christ. All comments are welcomed at [email protected])