Mark Affleck

Will You Commit to Life Transformation in December?

November 30, 2021
Spiritual Growth

Yes, that headline presents a bold challenge. But I know it is worth taking on because EVERY December God helps me reflect on the past year and look ahead to the next. And the results from exercising this spiritual discipline over the past 10 years have been, well, TRANSFORMATIVE. Adjusted attitudes. Restored relationships. Clarified ministry direction. But we must COMMIT to the process and do the work to generate results.
So that’s what we are going to do starting TOMORROW. Will you join me in this month-long challenge to discover who you will be at the END of 2022—13 months from right now?
If you have never done this year-end work, please consider doing it right now. Set aside your fears over what you might learn. What God may ask you to do. How your life needs to change. Instead, focus on what God could do with your life if you asked one, piercing question: Who will I “be” one year from right now when 2022 ends?
I am NOT talking about what will you have “achieved” or “accumulated.” The goal here is to discover WHO you will be as a person and then, what will that person DO for Jesus.
This is all about breaking our grip on the future–dreaming about it and trying to manufacture it on our own. Fixating on our future in this manner is a dangerous incubator for worry and fear. And it completely LEAVES GOD OUT. We end up playing a game that labels our future-oriented planning as “searching for God’s Will.”
But are we really searching for God’s will or just attempting to find a fully revealed roadmap for our life? In most cases, it’s looking for that elusive roadmap. It’s elusive because it’s an illusion. If we knew the future, we would think there was no need for God going forward.
We search for God’s will as if it’s LOST. But God’s will is only lost if we equate it with a prescribed pathway punctuated by achievements and accomplishments. That is NOT God’s will.
I ask God to push me hard to consider who he would have me be and what he would have me do in the next year. All and always to his glory.
Come along with me on this journey to discover who God wants us to be and what he wants us to do in 2022. Who will you BE at the end of 2022?
“Listen, you that say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will travel to a certain city, where we will stay a year and go into business and make a lot of money.’ You don’t even know what your life tomorrow will be! You are like a puff of smoke, which appears for a moment and then disappears. What you should say is this: ‘If the Lord is willing, we will live and do this or that.’” James 4:13–15

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