I love a fresh start! It’s like a personal reset for my life. Like many of you I am pondering what my personal goals are for this upcoming year. What about you?
Paul, the apostle, understood the importance of a “reset”. He had been a persecutor of Christians before he became a follower of Jesus. In his letter to the Philippi Christians, he said, “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do; ‘Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14)
This world can easily distract us from pursuit of a relationship with God. More than anything God longs to be in relationship with us. He has a mission for our family that goes beyond all we can imagine. (Ephesians 3:20) So often, we settle for the things the world values rather than living out our full mission and purpose while in this world.
If we sat over a cup of coffee and I asked you what your family is striving to achieve in the months ahead, what would you share with me? What is most important to you? Through the years, I have learned what is most important to me is most often what occupies my thoughts, money and time. As I launch into this new year, I am asking myself, “If someone I didn’t know was looking at my life and my family, would they see that pursuing a relationship with Jesus is important to me?”
Friends, God longs to be in relationship with us. He longs for us to lean in each morning and ask Him to open our eyes to how He can use our lives today. There are three areas I am going to push the “reset” button on spiritually.
The first is prayer. Recently, I was reminded of this verse in Ezekiel, “I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land.” (Ezekiel 22:30) As parents, siblings, grandparents, God is looking for those of us who are willing to stand in the gap and pray on behalf of our families.
I absolutely love it that God uses our prayer time to knit our hearts with His purpose for those around us. It’s amazing to experience those answered prayers and be able to share those answered prayers with our family around the table. Each answered prayer is a “God Story” we have to bolster not only our faith but the faith of our kids. If we are looking for the activity of God around us each day, we will begin to have a book full of “God Stories” we can share with our kids over dinner. Imagine their wide eyes, as they hear how God answered your prayer today. Also, know with each “God Story” shared, you are passing on your faith to the next generation.
The second area I plan to push the “reset” button is scripture memory. In the hustle and bustle of my day, I have allowed this area to slip out of my daily routine. Oh, it’s so easy to allow it to slip, because of the demands on our schedule.
The Psalmist reminded us of its importance when he shared in Psalm 1, “Blessed is the man, who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked…but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night. He is a like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.” (vv.1-3)
I am very much aware I have two incredible kids who God has entrusted to me and they are taking their cues about walking with the Lord from my life. Scripture memory is so important because as we meditate on it, God begins to shed light on areas where we are not honoring Him and it also helps transform our thoughts so we can respond to situations in a way that honors God. I so want to be the tree reflected in the Psalm above which is deeply rooted and bears good fruit.
Finally, I want to push the “reset” button on faith conversations with my kids. My two blond-haired teens will soon be gone. I currently have a son who is a junior in High School and a daughter who is a freshman. Surprisingly, it is more difficult in these later years to set aside time for faith conversations than it was when they were younger. As mentioned above, God has entrusted these two amazing young adults to my husband and myself and I so long to launch them into adulthood knowing they are walking with Jesus. I want to know they understand the power of prayer. I pray they will be thirsty for God’s Word. I also want to come alongside them and help them understand God’s purpose and mission for their lives.
Too often I allow the demands of this world to keep us from pursuing as a family the one thing which matters more than anything in the world. There is only one pursuit with eternal value and it’s our relationship with Jesus. This is why we are recommitting to setting aside one night a week for intentional conversation about God’s Word and prayer. Believe me, if we do not put it on the calendar we will find our schedules full and let another week slip by without those intentional moments together.
Paul shared with Timothy, a young pastor, “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come (and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe.” (1 Timothy 4:8)
So, if we sat across the table over a cup of coffee and we talked about our dreams for this upcoming year what would be at the top of your list? How will you move your family closer to Jesus in the upcoming year?
Welcome to Faith & Family Box! My name is Katrina Dorroh. I am an Oklahoma girl living in North Carolina with my husband, Robert and two teens: Caleb and Kaitlyn. We also have a spunky Westie named Trooper. I have been doing ministry for over 25 years. I have a Masters of Divinity Degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. I absolutely love nature and creating memories with my family. On of my favorite places to hang out is in our wooded area on a hammock with a good book. My favorite verse is Ephesians 3:20: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” My favorite quote: “The world has yet to see what God will do with a man fully consecrated to Him. By God’s help, I aim to be that person.” Dwight L. Moody