As we all know, 2019 is here. It is hard to believe that 2018 has come and gone already. I believe that we are closing out 2018 in a very positive way. But I believe the best is yet to come. I am so excited about next year and the great things I know will happen here at Southwest. As we look to next year, we want to challenge ourselves spiritually to do more and be more. I want to present a challenge to each one of us as we look to 2019.
First, I want to build a stronger relationship with God’s family at Southwest. I want to challenge myself this year as well as challenge everyone else to build relationships with others and connect with people that we may not know. I hope that we will challenge ourselves to build a stronger relationship with those people in this family of God at Southwest, that maybe we don’t know or that we want to connect with more. Relationships are wonderful in the church because when we become relational the church has unity and souls are saved and ultimately God is glorified.
The second challenge I want to present to us and to myself is to strive for transformation. I want to allow Jesus to continue to transform my life in the way He wants me to go in this life. I believe that Jesus can take anybody’s life and the situation they are in and transform it into something beautiful for His purpose and glory. I also hope that we will be challenged to strive for transformation and to show people Jesus and show them how He can transform their lives.
The third and final challenge I want to strive to do in my life and hope you will as well is to be more Christ minded. In Philippians 2, Paul writes about the example that Christ has set for us to follow in his footsteps. In verse 5, Paul challenges us to “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.” The mind of Christ according to Paul is a servant mind, it is a mind of humility, a mind that is willing to be obedient to the Father. I hope that we all can strive to have the mind of Christ.
Will you help me and help each other here at Southwest to build stronger relationships, strive for transformation and to think like Jesus?