Today is the first day of 2014! Happy New Year or is it? I want some positive changes in my life in 2014. To succeed at that, I need to do a self- review on paper, so I can clearly see what things I need to change to make myself a better person in 2014. This article will be Part One. This self review that may not be too pretty, but it needs to be done never the less. It is in my best interest and everyone else who interacts with me.
Self Review (Spiritual Life in 2013)
I am reviewing my spiritual life from 2013 first because it is the most important part of me! At the beginning of 2013, I was in my fifth year of attending the church I have come to love, Restoration Church, in Spartanburg, SC. It is the friendliest and loving church I have ever attended. I have met a lot of new friends at the church this year by becoming more involved in the opportunities to serve. I began helping on the I-Serve Hospitality and Decorating Team. I enjoy serving and meeting new people!
Little did I know that in the summer of 2013, God was going to show me some specific areas in which I am still an immature Christian? In August I started attending a Bible Fellowship Group that was going to involve reading and intensely studying Joyce Meyer’s book entitled “Battlefield of the Mind.” Wow, this book gave me valuable tools with which to conquer the battle that constantly played in my mind for many years, actually since my early teenage years. I came out of this class a little more mature in my walk with God.
Most recently, I was introduced to a book by a new friend I met while helping decorate the church for Christmas. Carol asked if I had ever read the book “When God Writes Your Love Story” by Eric & Leslie Ludy. I replied, “no, but I will check it out at the library and read it. In the next couple of days I found this book in the Goodwill store near my house for $1.00! I truly believe God led me straight to that book, as I wasn’t looking for it, but it just seemed to jump out at me. I am reading it slowly so that I can meditate on every word. What I have read so far is changing my perspective on relationships and what it means to truly love the Lord in a way that I never have comprehended before.
What I want to accomplish in my spiritual life in 2014 is to have a deeper love of my Savior, Jesus. I want to hand over every area in my life to Him. I am finally realizing that I am not supposed to be trying to control my life. I’ve been doing that for many years, and so far it hasn’t worked. I am going to lean on the Lord this coming year and put my complete trust in Him who created me and knows more about me than I know. I am expecting great things to happen in my spiritual growth in 2014!