We are a month in to this new year.  This past month you’ve likely taken time for resolutions and goal-setting.  If you’re like me, you get excited to purchase your daily planner and ultra fine-point mechanical pencils.  (I’ve tried going digital and I just don’t care for it!)  This year, I propose we take instruction from Isaiah 43:19 where God says, “Behold, I am doing a new thing!”  New refers to something that hasn’t existed before.  Here are a couple tips for letting God do a new thing for you!

Don’t Limit God!

Ecclesiastes tells us that there is a limit to human wisdom.  That’s why we need God’s thoughts!  Isaiah 55:9, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”  You know what?  God’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts and that makes His thoughts better!  I don’t know about you, but my wisdom caps out several times a week!  I need time to sit with God and get His thoughts and ideas.  In fact, several successful people do just that.  Albert Einstein was known to have a “thinking chair” where he sat just to think!  The CEOs of Chick-fil-A and Amazon both schedule time every month simply to think.  I imagine these men realize the limit to their own wisdom so they seek ideas from a limitless God.  Tip #1: Take time to get God’s thoughts!

But I Don’t Like Change!

Growing up, a common saying I heard from my parents was, “The only constant in life is change.”  Guess what?  That shaped me into a person who isn’t afraid of change… most of the time!  I actually like to assess my year and think about how many things I tried for the first time.  From joining a new Bible study, attending a business conference, hosting a fundraising event, tutoring or even renting a catamaran on vacation!  My world gets larger as I hear and obey the NEW things God leads me to do.  Maybe a change in your children’s ministry means new curriculum or a new schedule.  God may point you to someone in your congregation who needs to be involved in your ministry.  Maybe you’ll get new ideas for anointed praise & worship or more student-led ministry.  Tip #2: Don’t be scared of change.  Think of it as God leading you to a new level!

You can choose to let God do a new thing in you and in your ministry!  May we say of this 2016, “Look at the new things God has done for us!”

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Samarah Vermeer is passionate about equipping the next generation with the Word of God! After school, she returned to her small Iowa hometown and spent many years serving in children’s ministry, directing summer camp, and handling church finances. She is now married to her favorite farmer, volunteers in the children’s department at Family Worship Center in Sioux City, IA and writes Sunday School curriculum. Samarah is a graduate of Domata School of Missions and Rhema Bible Training Center. She loves books and bookstores, cooking and cooking shows, deep conversations and traveling to new places-- most likely with some chocolate in her purse.