10 Things to Give to God in 2018
Written by Phylicia Masonheimer | January 4, 2018
It’s a new year, and if you’re like most of us, you’re thinking it’s time for a new you and new goals. While goals and resolutions definitely help us live lives that honor God, if we’re not careful, we may reach December with 12 months of striving behind us…and no spiritual growth. Lives that honor God are less about action and more about the attitude of the heart. So whether or not you set goals this year, here are 10 things to release into God’s almighty hands.
- Control. We don’t control our lives. Sure, we can control a few things—daily habits, how we manage our time. But our lives as a whole are affected by a fallen world and the sovereign will of God. So don’t try to control every outcome this year. If you trust Christ for your eternal life, why not trust Him with the present one, too?
- Bitterness. Our days are too short to be spent in bitterness, dwelling on the offenses of others and holding grudges against those who do us wrong. God could hold so much against us, and yet He forgives again and again. Don’t let bitterness fill your mind, heart and relationships this year.
- The Past. Whether it’s our childhood or just 2017, our past holds such weight on our choices and actions! Yet God promises to redeem all things for good when we surrender them to Him. No matter what happened to you or what you’ve done, make this year the year of healing. Hand over the past, get counseling if you need it and start walking forward instead of dwelling on what’s gone.
- Your Dreams. Dream big this year, but include the Lord in your dreams. After all, He put your natural talents and passions within you! Glorify Him by returning those dreams to His hands, asking Him where He wants you to use them. He will open doors of opportunity at the right time.
- Fear. “Perfect love casts out fear.” (1 John 4:18) Our God is not a God of fearful thoughts. If you struggled with fear in 2017, make prayer a priority in 2018. Every fearful thought should be given over to the Lord. Invite His strength and dependable presence into every circumstance.
- Your Parents. Some of us have amazing parents; some of us were hurt and abused by them. No matter what your family history, it’s possible to struggle in your relationship with the people who birthed you. Commit your parents to the Lord this year. Ask Him to show you how to communicate and to help you understand their motives. Understanding where your parents come from emotionally and spiritually can greatly increase your compassion for them.
- Your Love Life. Dating and waiting are confusing stages of life, aren’t they? Don’t do them alone! It’s not up to us to figure everything out when it comes to love. God offers to grant us wisdom, so take Him up on it! Bring your dates to Him in prayer, and don’t forget to pray on your dates! Keep Christ central and you’ll have the wisdom to know when the relationship is “it” or if it’s time to move on.
- Reputation. Your grades, your internships, your relationships—they all reflect on your reputation. Does that bother you? Are you constantly concerned about what people think? This year, release your reputation to the Lord. Allow Him to transform your character instead of constantly trying to better yourself.
- Achievements. On a similar note, submit your achievements to the Lord. Use them as a way to point to His glory and His kindness, how He has striven with you through everything. He created you with abilities and talents. He gives you opportunities to use them. Point back to Him with your gifts!
- The Future. This year is as uncertain as 2017 was at the beginning. Who knows what this year will hold except Jesus Himself? Don’t spend this year trying to figure it all out. Spend your energy seeking the kingdom of God—and everything else will be added to you (Matthew 6:33).