Each year it seems I personally go through some physical, mental, spiritual or financial trial, and at the end of each year, I reflect on the past year as most do. We all do a mental tally of the good, bad, and ugly that was of the year before. This year I realized that every year’s reflections seem to come back to three things. So I decided to share them with you as truly they take away “the good, the bad, and the ugly.” They are simply … the truth.
1. Circumstances will always change: It amazes me how we get to the end of a year or a season in our life, and think, “How did I ever get through that!” Some trials in our life seem so insurmountable. However, I have found that not only is God our sustainer during these times, but that he already knows what is going to happen. If we keep in mind that these trials are for a “season”, and that God knows the outcome, this can relieve some anxiety over the trial and we an focus on what God wants us to learn. This season will almost always prepare us for the next thing to come, teach us something, humble or strengthen us. I think of the character “Dory” in the movie “Finding Nemo.” As oblivious as she was, her motto was “just keep swimming, just keep swimming!” This is true not only personally, but professionally. This is the first year that I will be dedicating a majority of my work time to C3TB. There will be trials. But I resolve to let God sustain me during these times, to look to His word and to “just keep swimming!”
2. God is always speaking: I have had many conversations with people about hearing God’s voice. Many say they have never heard Him, they don’t know what He is supposed to sound like, or He doesn’t speak to them. DO NOT be fooled! God is always speaking! Our goal is to learn how to listen to Him, to discern His voice. God speaks through the Holy Spirit – that voice you hear in your head or your heart that is guiding you. (John 14:1617) He reveals God’s word to you while you read or hear it, strengthens you, encourages you, convicts you, and most of all loves you. Think of it this way, the voice of God is His spirit talking to your spirit. You know it when you “hear” it …even if many times you ignore it. Other ways God speaks to us is through the people around us. He tends to repeat Himself when He speaks through others so you don’t dismiss it as them speaking! He also still speaks through dreams, witness, open and closed doors. How do you learn how to hear God? It is simple….you spend time with Him. When you learn who God is, how He works, and how He want you to live, you will share a bond with him that will make it easier for you to distinguish His voice and let Him guide you. I resolve to continue to build my relationship with God this year, so that my decisions are based on hearing His guidance personally and professionally.
3. The words of God do not come back void: God has made many promises in the bible (over 3700!) Unlike mankind, God keeps His promises. Whether I am experiencing joy or sorrow in my life, God has a promise to bring me back to His mindset. I love what pastor and author, John Ortberg says in his book, “God is Closer than you Think,” when he says “Take the words you are hearing and apply them to God’s words. Do they hold true for God?” For example: In business it is very easy to feel defeated. If I was to say, “Then God felt defeated” it doesn’t make sense. Because God is a God of victory! We need to cultivate a mindset where God dwells. So, this year I resolve to have God dwell in my mind and let Him have power over my thought processes at home and at work. I resolve to remember that God does and will fulfill His promises to me. Isaiah 65: 21-23, Psalm 128:1-2 I endeavor and encourage you to apply many of God’s promises to what you do at home and at work to enjoy the knowledge that the promises of God will not come back void at the end of 2014.
My wish to you is that this year, you will be strengthened by your relationship with God. That you will be bold in your witness in the workplace and that you will be truly blessed!
Laurie Hill – Founder