Happy new year!!🎊 Even though it seems impossible that it’s already here, I am so excited for 2020! Haha
No, the 2019 was not a typo. Yes, this is backwards. But I wanted to look back on 2019 instead of making empty promises about 2020. So, hopefully this will inspire your goals and visions for this year!
It all started with this verse: Isaiah 44:1-3 & 21 & 24
1 But now hear, my servant, whom I have chosen! 2 Thus says the LORD who made you, who formed you from the womb and will help you: Fear not, my servant, whom I have chosen. 3 For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. 21 Remember these things, for you are my servant; I formed you; you are my servant; you will not be forgotten by me. 24 Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, who formed you from the womb: “I am the LORD, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself.”
I was praying one day and felt led to flip to a random page in the Bible. This is the page it fell on, and it was just so obvious to me that God was the one who ordained it; the promises He gives are just so beautiful!
The more and more I studied it and prayed about it (simultaneously asking God to give me goals for 2019), I felt so, so drawn to the servant part. So, that is what I went with for my “goals.”
While thinking and researching about it, these things came to mind:
- David had such a drive for God that he left the sheep he loved dearly in order to fight for and serve Him.
This hit me so hard one day while listening to my Bible—David was very well known as a shepherd. He loved his sheep; it was his lifeblood and what he devoted his time to. He cared about his sheep so much that he rescued them from both a lion and a bear. Also, sheep were what the prophet used to convict him of his sins with Bathsheba.
Yet, he left them all to fight for God!- to serve Him with all his heart. David had SUCH a drive to live for Him, fight for Him, and serve Him! He knew the cause was worth fighting for, so to speak.
- And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the LORD anointed thee king over Israel? (1 Samuel 15:17)
When we are little in our own eyes, then can we do great things for Him. If we are big in our eyes, we can’t do good things for Him. It’s the humbleness of a servant that makes you little in your own eyes
Also, when God is big in your eyes, you automatically become smaller. Magnifying Him will make Him bigger, therefore making you smaller.
- A good servant is honored and beyond happy to be chosen to serve the King of Kings.
Think about it. A good servant feels as though their master, the king, is a celebrity of sorts. Wouldn’t they feel incredibly honored to be serving him?! Shouldn’t we feel the same about the King of Kings, but actually even more so?
We get to personally serve the greatest King of all! Everyday, we get to come to His feet and serve Him. We have the most wonderful Master possible. We should feel an incredible amount of joy to be serving Him!
- If we will be a servant to Him, everything else will fall into place.
If we are truly being a servant to Him, our lives and everything in it will fall beautifully into place. We can’t mess up by being a true servant!
All of those things just fell in front of me, from seemingly nowhere. (Obviously, it was God) I had never looked at the word “servant” and really thought about what it truly meant in God’s Kingdom. But as soon as I did, I couldn’t get away from it. It dug itself into my side and prodded me all the year long. Until it eventually became part of my being. My 2019 focus on Servant will now stick with me every single year; it won’t be just last year’s goals—it’ll be part of my life goals!
This one was a bit more simple. It was just something I felt really drawn to, and I even wrote a poem that perfectly depicts my feelings about it. I just had such a burning desire for more of whatever God had for me—through every conference this year, that was my focus. And my focus changed them completely! So, this is also something that’ll continue to be part of my lifelong goals.
In conclusion, I loved having a yearly focus rather than yearly goals. It was awesome!- I am so excited about 2020’s!