The start of a new year is always a good time to evaluate how things are going in your life (physically, relationally, mentally, financially, and certainly spiritually). Some use resolutions to help change areas that need improvement, others use goals to push them towards growth for the coming year, while others simply stick to the grind, seeking to redeem the time regardless of the change in a calendar year.
I think followers of Christ should use whatever means are necessary (throughout the year) to answer a key question concerning their lives – WHAT IS THE BIG PICTURE? Asking, and answering, such a question reminds us not only of things that we desire to accomplish in life, but the WHY behind those things!
Philippians 3 has always been helpful to me for evaluating this. It says, "13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, 14 I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus. 15 Therefore, let all of us who are mature think this way. And if you think differently about anything, God will reveal this also to you." ~ Philippians 3:13-15 (HCSB)
So, what is YOUR BIG PICTURE? Why do you follow Jesus? Why do you pursue healthy relationships with your family members and friends? Why do you seek to be physically fit? Why do you try to be financially secure? Why do you give so much attention to excel in your job? Why do you work to make more disciples? Why do you do what you do each day?
Let us know what drives you to do what you are doing in this season of life (your big picture). We will be sure to pray for you and encourage you in living out YOUR BIG PICTURE. Together, we can walk by faith and not by sight with our Savior throughout 2022 and beyond.