Three Two One by Catelynn Ellis
Happy New Year! I want to start this year and this blog with a game. I know everyone has practice with this, but let’s countdown the New Year together. The way we are going to do this is a little different though. As we count down “3…2…1”, we are going to associate each number with a gift.
Three. James 1:17 states, “Every good and perfect gift comes from above...”. God has continuously blessed us with gifts and surprises in our lives whether we are given a new job opportunity, a new friend that will last a lifetime or a new lesson in life to add to the blessings He has taught us. God loves surprising us with these gifts and He loves that you trust Him to know that these gifts will shape our lives into the life He intended for you. In 2016, we didn’t have a clue as to how these gifts would shape our lives, but we knew that the surprises God gave us served a purpose. By living a spirited life, we are more able to acknowledge the gifts He has given us.
Two. Now let’s take a look at just how these gifts have shaped our lives. Have these gifts made you reconsider how you spend your life or changed your perspective to appreciate the other gifts God has given you? Has a new baby allowed you to be thankful for the way your parents raised you? Or maybe you accomplished something you never thought you could, but you were given a new perspective on how you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you? By living a surprised and gracious life, we are able to see how God takes our strengths, our words, and our life and transforms it to new surprises for us to enjoy. He loves it when we enjoy and look at each day He gives us as a gift.
One. Lastly, think about how these gifts we have been given have shaped our lives, how God gives you gifts and surprises, and how we should live with a spirited heart that readily accepts whatever God may give us. He wants us to live a spirited life. He wants to see us be courageous with the surprises of talent and people He allows us to meet. He wants us to spend our energy being determined to welcome these gifts. By living a spirited life, we are able to use the energy He gave us to encourage others to see the gifts they have in their life, the positives about God’s gifts and how these gifts are shaping our lives into something much greater than you or I can imagine.
Let’s welcome 2017 with open arms, open hearts, and open minds.
Let’s take a moment to think about the things God has in store for us and how we can serve Him and praise Him for all the blessings He has given us.
Let’s live with more spirit, courage and energy to accept and acknowledge the gifts He places before us.