It starts with the positive motivation of knowing that the beginning of a new week is a clean slate. A chance to start over fresh. First there has to be a vision, a goal. What’s the goal? The goal is to live another week in the most God-honoring way possible. How does that happen? There has to be a foundation. The plan is that foundation and it can be built through some key questions such as: Will I seek His guidance? Will I follow through on His word? Will I exercise His grace and mercy and His love and forgiveness to the people around me? Will I listen to what He says to me?
After the vision comes the work; putting together what I’ve been working to perfect the past couple of weeks. In week one, I chose to see this new stage in life as a pathway to more opportunities in which Christ’s light can shine through me. I learned to let God lead my paths through my ambitions. Remembering what He said in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” A third building block did I learn after that; peace is often found in the still and quietness of the night, when I turn to God in the midst of all that happens around me. I learned that my tongue needs to be controlled and how to use it properly through verses such as, First Thessalonians 5:11 “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” Psalms 19:14, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” and Proverbs 10:19, “When words are many ttransgression is not lacking, but the prudent are restrained in speech.” And finally I learned how to use my freedom and when to embrace liberty, knowing that those two roads have very different paths.
I want to be able to look back on my choices, my attitude, my thoughts and my actions and feel great satisfaction as the Israelites did when they did as God commanded them. I want the satisfaction of knowing that when God looks at my life (and my week), He will say I have lived it just as He commanded. I want to hear what He said to the men in the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30) when He said, “Well done my good and faithful servant!” and when He saw that all He created in the Beginning was good, I want Him to look at my life (and my week) and see it as very good. Genesis 1:31a says, “God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good.” These are solid building blocks and at the end of this week, I want to be able to look back and see that all I have done was only the best possible.
TO THE KING!!