Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had an awesome and relaxing holiday season. I know it was kind of crazy for Seth and I through Thanksgiving to New Years, but we definitely made time for our fair share of rest. I pray y'all had a chance as well or will make some time in the next few days.
With the new year, there may be a lot of talk and time spent thinking about resolutions and goals. This is actually one of the first years in a while I haven't set a long list of goals for myself. But something I always pray for is spiritual growth and focusing more on God's will instead of just my own. Because the only way to live a good and godly life is to know God.
God's power, the same power that has created the whole earth and you, also gives us everything we could need. When we spend the time to know God, he imparts everything we'd need to live according to his will. The grace, strength, peace, self control, and anything else to live a Godly life.
I think this is an important lesson for the kids in our church. Being a kid can be hard, going to school with lots of other kids from different backgrounds. They all want to make friends and be included in things. Even in their young age, it is easy for them to make certain compromises. But we need them to know, encourage them, that if they spend the time to know God, it will be much easier to live the life Jesus wants them to. It will hopefully make it easier for them to behave and listen in classes. It'll hopefully make them understand the importance of having good relationships with their brothers and sisters. But regardless of their behavior right away, because let's be real, they're kids, we should encourage them to be learning about God and getting to know Him now. While they're young we need to help them set a foundation for their growing faith as they get older.
I hope this is something we can all get behind this coming year. Helping the kids understand that knowing God is what will help them get what they need for a Godly life. Even when things get hard, or they're afraid to get in trouble, they'll know that God has given them the ability to get through whatever it may be.