As I reflect on 2017 and look to 2018, several themes keep recurring. First, 2017 was a tough year. I’m grateful for the year and at the same time, ready to put 2017 behind me. Our family has faced several health hurdles along with many other new and challenging situations.
Second, it’s been a year full of opportunity to learn, grow and see God’s regular and daily provision in our lives. I’m privileged to work in a ministry caring for homeless, hungry, and enslaved people and it is incredible to watch how God transforms hearts and lives. Oftentimes, that begins with a hot cup of coffee and a smile. To be successful, it always involves God softening hearts and transforming people.
As I prayerfully look to 2018 and consider what God may bring in the new year, I’m excited. I’m reminded of William Booth, British Methodist preacher and founder of The Salvation Army. He was born into poverty and his dad died when he was 14.
Not long after that, a couple invited him to church. He accepted Christ and he was all—in saying, "God shall have all there is of William Booth." Humble beginnings, yet William helped turn a nation of people to Christ and the Cross. When he died, 40,000 people, including Queen Mary, attended his funeral. He didn’t live his life for the recognition or fame. He knew, “The greatness of a man’s power is the measure of his surrender.” He did it because he understood that is our assignment as believers of Jesus—saying, “God shall have all there is of me.”
When you say, “God shall have all there is of me,” what does 2018 look like for you?