Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
That is my prayer for 2012. I want to be transformed, renewed...as I seek a deeper and soul searching relationship with Christ. I want to look at ways..old habits that don't bring glory to God..that keep me stuck in moments of discouragement, doubt and negativism...I want to see all things new...and allow God to continue the process of transformation he has begun in me.
I have been given such a gift this past year....an even greater understanding that it is within our minds that we find contentment, peace and renewal. It is not in our circumstances....but within our souls, that we are given glimpses of the depth of contentment and joy that we experience only through a choice we make to listen to Him...live in His light...and to feel His amazing love for us. And it is then, when we feel His love for us, that compassion can pour from us...because he first loved us.
This year, I want compassion to flow from me...I want to be slow to judge...I want to look up and not "around"...focusing on what God wants ME to do...within my own home, my own community, and the world. I want to stop comparing myself to others and the ministries they have...how sad that must be for God to watch...watching his child wanting what others have been given instead of using the precious gifts he has given them. What a waste.
I don't want to waste what God has so graciously given me...not time, not talent, not the vision he has given me to see Him in new ways each day. None of it is mine..not my time, my talents..none of it..It's His.
And that is what I want for this year....to see All Things as His. I have no doubt that if I focus on this one truth...that All things are His....my year will be transformed...my mind will be transformed. And that is my prayer for 2012.