A great New Year challenge is to consider what “word” will be your word for the year. The three words that I have used as my core values are:
- Confident Humility
From these words I realized I live more by mottos. Mottos become the ways in which we live out these words. These are my three mottos that describe the method of my life:
- It is a sin to bore them with the Gospel.
- I do not take myself seriously, but I take Christ seriously.
- Trust God & Enjoy Today.
If the gospel message does not inspire us, then we are left flat footed and unmotivated. And if the world cannot see the life changing joy of Jesus Christ in us, of what use is our life? It’s in the confidence of Christ’s love for me that I am able to trust, relax and have fun for Him.
For my values and methods to make sense, they are informed by three scriptures that motivate my ministry:
I have been crucified with Christ that I no longer live but Christ lives in me; the life I live in the body I live by faith by the Son of God who died and gave his life for me. (Galatians 2:20)
Sir, we wish that we might see Jesus. (John 12:21)
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. (Romans 12:1-2 the Message)
What words and mottos and scriptures direct your path?