What if one goal this year is to learn more about God this year? Or maybe, to get to know God better. What are some of the things you could do that would be helpful?
1. Stop hedging your bets. We want a backup plan to following God. If he doesn’t come through, if he isn’t real, we want to have our spiritual bets covered. I understand. But David, in one of his prayers, writes
Teach me your way, LORD,
that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart,
that I may fear your name.
The image of an undivided heart is very compelling to me. Risky, but compelling.
2. Find a model. Paul writes to some friends in Philippi and says,
Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do.
I know, and Paul knew, that people fail. All the time. But he’s not saying to find perfect people. Instead, find people who are working on following, who know God a little better than you do, and talk with them.
3. Find a community. I don’t mean “find a church.” Not necessarily. I mean find some other people who are working on following, and talk with them about what you are learning. (See number 2). It could even happen here, starting in the comments, as you talk with each other.
4. Repent – It’s a Bible-sounding word. Our stereotypes put it on signs held by old guys. But Jesus said it, too. Simply, it means “turn around”. It’s about going toward. We find the need to do this in relationships all the time. If you are hurting your spouse, you need to stop. If you are running away, you need to turn around.