The New Century Version of Matthew 5:3 says,
“They are blessed who realize their spiritual poverty,
for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.”
I was struck by the phrase “who realize their spiritual poverty” as it underscores our blindness from our dependence upon God to meet our needs. It is only when we realize that we need God, that we will open ourselves up to seeking God. I have seen that it is when I declare and acknowledge that I am broken and empty without God that he awakens in me the desire to be filled with more of the things of God. Our church has made it a priority this year to be more focused on God and the health that is found in pursuing him more. I have resolved to fill myself more with the things of God and to that end I have resolved to be a better husband and father, to read God’s word every day, and to place myself into accountability relationships that are grounded in Biblical community. May I be blessed as the Lord has promised as I declare my spiritual poverty before him in this new year.
I have been taking a bit of a break over the holidays from blogging, tweeting, and Facebook but now that the holiday season is just about over, I wanted to take a minute and reflect on the year that has passed and look ahead this new year.
I wish I could say that 2009 was a great year but overall it was more bad than good. I have been tested and stretched in ways that I never would have thought in 09. Losing your job and the stability that comes from it was very difficult. I enter this new year with a greater appreciation of “my daily bread” and God supplying all my needs. My family has expanded and the gift of a daughter has been a tremendous blessing on me and my wife. Spending time with her and knowing that I have been given the responsibility to raise her, has put things into new perspective for me. It has also given me tremendous hope and joy.
In this new year I hope to accomplish some great things. I will be teaching later this month at Atlanta Christian College and it is my hope to pass along my knowledge and experience to my students. Teaching has been a dream of mine for some time now and I hope to be able to teach more as opportunities present themselves. I am praying for additional opportunities to serve at my church. Tomorrow, our pastor Brian Bloye will announce plans for this upcoming year and I a praying for opportunities to be involved in those plans. One opportunity that I will be participating in will be coaching journey group leaders at Westridge. One of the coaches in moving and I will be taking over coaching his groups very soon.
Happy New Year and may this year be even better than the last!