I wanted a new topic; one that would earn clicks, touch lives and go viral within the year. I wanted to write about that great, unheard of subject that would turn Our Little Pond into a success in 2015.
I sat down to brainstorm and while many topics rushed to mind, I didn’t feel a particular conviction about any of them. I walked away from my session feeling frustrated and a tad disappointed. I had high hopes and achieved absolutely nothing. So it appeared at the time.
Deflated, I headed back to bed. I figured that since I could not write, I might as well rest another 30 minutes before the kids wake up.
But then, a gentle whisper in my heart said: “A regenerate heart”. I did not quite understand it at first. A regenerate heart does not turn heads. It does not earn clicks. It does not set this little place ablaze.
It is the stuff that the church has spoken about for 2,000 years.
…and that’s the point.
After praying and letting go of my own desire for fireworks and social media overtake, I got it.
A regenerate heart is indeed the stuff the church has been preaching about for 2,000 years. It isn’t new. It isn’t a fresh idea that I cleverly came up with. It is also the message that needs to go forth until Christ returns. It is that humble, simple, yet needed message of redemption by grace. It is the powerful message of a changed heart by the power of the blood of God’s spotless Lamb. It is quite frankly a message that I am not worthy to write about or to share. One that I am privileged, that every believer is privileged to be a part of.
I am thankful that I heard the gentle whisper to pause and write the little that I can on the perfect love of God and His great power to change a heart. In His great love, God always stops me from chasing after the wind when I get distracted. In these moments I experience the gentle whisper of a powerful God who enters a life and makes it new, who redeems my thoughts and desires.
The gift of a regenerate heart…in which I first partook when I was a child continues to transform my life and redeem my thoughts.
I will spend this month reading, studying and writing about just this as I calm my own soul and chase after the Lord. And I hope that you’ll join me in turning your heart to God entirely this new year.
It is not enough for us to reach for the stars, we must come to know the Creator of the stars…And we must grow into a fuller knowledge of Him with each passing day.
No matter your dream, whether it is to earn a promotion, grow a brand, publish a book, start a new business, or to love on your family better in this new year, my prayer for you is that you will make pursuing God a greater goal than chasing it. May He be the focus of your heart and may His love and grace be the fruits after which you hunger.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33
I am excited about going into this new year with the Lord, and with you!
Happy New Year to you and yours!