Tuesday, December 31, 2013

What I Have Learned

Since this is the last day of the year, I wanted to write a conclusion to my year of "baby steps towards wisdom."  To determine if this endeavor was a success or failure, I asked myself what I have learned.  I reread some of my posts.  I reviewed the lessons I tried to learn...waking up early, working diligently, dealing with anger in a godly manner, giving soft answers, being more disciplined, not being weary in well doing.  I tried to honestly access my success and my failure on each task.  I have been more successful at some endeavors, less so in others.  But if you boil it all down to one thing, THIS is what I have learned this year:

God's way works.

Sometimes I can understand why, sometime I can't, but if I strive to do the things that God's word says is beneficial, life is better.  I get excited when I find a new-to-me admonition in the Bible, or when I find an answer to the problem I am currently experiencing.  I get excited because I know, in a way I have never before known as surely as I do now, that if I can execute the instruction...improvement will occur.  It just will.  It has.  Over and over again this year, I have watched problems improve because of God's wisdom applied in my daily life.  Perfectly applied?  HAHAHA....never.  But I really have given it a honest attempt.  And it worked.

So this year I have learned God's word really is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path.  Not just in an eternal, when life is done heaven is your home kind of way.  But in a day to day life is tough and kids aren't easy and marriages can get messy kind of way.  The answers to our problems are there if we will search them out and apply them to ourselves.  I have learned that God's way works, and that is a step towards wisdom.  I am thankful.

God bless all of you, and may 2014 see all of us grow in our knowledge of and love for Him.  Happy New Year!!!