Most of us like to be challenged at the beginning of a new year, but before you go adding a dozen resolutions to your schedule, let me share with you what God has been dealing with me about.
A few weeks ago, I was thinking about the new year and asking myself what I should change or do differently. I thought of my busy schedule, the kids, the work, the endless projects, and the additional aspirations that I wanted to add to the growing mental list. As I pondered this, a single word kept coming to mind . . . faithfulness.
In Webster’s Dictionary, faithfulness means “steadfast in affection or allegiance, firm in adherence to promises or in observance of duty.”
I want to be faithful. I think that’s the heartbeat of every Christian. I realize sometimes I get so busy with all my to-do lists, that I fail to be the best I can be in the most needful relationships such as my walk with the Lord, my wife, my children, and the local church. My dad always challenged us as kids that no matter what we are doing, we should do it to the best of our ability. It didn’t matter if it was scrubbing toilets — choose to be the best toilet scrubber. It didn’t matter if it was doing a thankless job at work — choose to accomplish the job with excellence. We find this same thought in Ecclesiastes 9:10, where we find this great challenge, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might . . .”
I want to be faithful in every aspect of life and it starts with today! We all have daily choices. Let’s choose faithfulness in every task, no matter how big or small.
“His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord” (Matthew 25:23).