Steve Lyston, Contributor
As we come to the close of another year, let us all give thanks for the most important thing, life.
Let us also give thanks to the one who gives us life - Jesus Christ.
At this time of the year, there are many mixed emotions. Some have financial woes, others have lost loved ones throughout the year, yet others are uncertain of what the future holds.
Many are unable to physically be with family members due to circumstances beyond their control.
Some may be in the hospital or on the street at this time. Some may have money, but they are lonely.
However, regardless of the circumstances that exist, we must remember to do two of the most important things we can do in this life; value your life and fulfil your purpose.
Many want to give up hope now, and to many it seems as if darkness is overcoming light, and hopelessness and joblessness are taking the lead.
But, one of the reasons that this is happening is that people are not fulfilling their purpose.
We are all unique and were created to solve problems. When we refuse to walk in our purpose, then we lose and we are denying the world of the solutions that we were created to solve.
Have you ever asked yourself the question: "Am I in the wrong field/career?" Have you ever asked the question: "What is my purpose in life?"
What are the things that make you happy? What makes you sad? Why am I going through the things I go through in life? All of these are clues to your purpose. Why do you seem to hate injustice more passionately than the other person? Maybe your calling is law.
Why does it hurt you more deeply than the next person, when someone you don't even know has been badly hurt, abused or killed? It could be that your calling is an advocate or a health-care worker.
Do you have a vehement passion for the corruption you see or of the economic problems you see happening and others around you think you are going overboard with you passionate discussions? It could be that your calling is in the political arena or in economic policymaking.
STEP OVER THE HINDRANCES
One of the greatest obstacles and hindrances in our lives is often ourselves.
Faith without works is dead. Don't just criticise and talk for the sake of talking. Do something constructive and make this world a better place.
Utilise the gifts that God has given you, as well as the resources, and touch someone's life.
You can be a mentor to someone. Help an abandoned child. Show love to someone's child. The cemetery is filled with unfulfilled purposes and unexpressed ideas.
Begin to cut down on waste, and start with your household first. Cut down on entertainment, use of electricity, wasting food, gambling, use of alcohol, and even the A/C in the car.
Use some of the savings to help the less fortunate. We must lead by example. By doing this, we are demonstrating the love of God.
The Word of God says that when we give to the poor, we lend to the Lord, and the Lord is looking for lenders.
GOALS & OBJECTIVES FOR 2014
Every decision we make must be tied to the value of life. So let your goals and objectives for the coming year include some of the following:
Edify someone each day.
Take the time to be in the presence of God each day. He needs relationships, not one-night stands. This is where you will find/receive the solutions, healing and how to make better choices.
Evaluate your stewardship and see where the pitfalls are, so that you can be a better person/leader.
Sow good seed on a daily basis - quality time, talents, and so on, knowing that you reap the harvest of whatever seed you sow.
Maintain a forgiving heart - let no bitterness dwell in you.
Ensure that whatever plans you have, God is a part of those plans.
Be thankful and appreciate those around you.
I take this opportunity to thank the management and staff, especially the editing and online teams, of The Gleaner Company. 'Thank you' also to all the faithful readers and supporters. May you have a prosperous and enlightening new year!
Steve Lyston is a biblical economics consultant and author of several books, including 'End Time Finance' and 'The New Millionaire'