Three Questions for 2015

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Holidays are a time to catch up with out-of-town family. Over the years, I have discovered an extra joy: worshiping together in their home church. Being in God’s house away from home, I always learn something new and am prompted to reflect on God’s word. This past Christmas was no exception. In her sermon, the pastor posed three questions:

1. What gift has God given to you?

2. What gift do you give to the world because of God’s gift to you?

3. What is the song of your heart?

These are my type of questions in that they bypass the fluff and get right to the heart of the matter. The first question: what gift has God given to me? Salvation is the obvious answer. Without God’s salvation, I would have nothing of eternal value. But that wasn’t my answer. My answer was hope. The birth of Jesus and the realized promise of salvation fill me with hope. Hope for every circumstance and relationship in my life. Hope for my future, both here on earth and in heaven. And hope for living the life of hope that God has called me to. The second question: what gift do I give to the world because of God’s gift to me? Hmm, as a professing Christian, I should have many good answers. I went with the first one to pop into my head: love. Because God’s hope swells up inside of me, I can express and share God’s love. In a world beset with wars, political divisiveness and bitterness, love is a beacon of hope. Love starts with me in my little corner of the world and can spread beyond my reach through God’s reach to the world. The last question: what is the song of my heart? This was the hardest question. I thought I needed a highly profound answer. I stuck with this one because it is the mantra that motivates me each day. “Everything, even the little things that I do in the name of Jesus, matter to God.” My significance and my influence stem from heeding God’s word in my life and exercising faith daily. Great questions to ponder. May God’s answers spoken to your heart guide you in 2015.

Please feel to share your answers (short or long version) to these three questions in the comments section of this post.

 

Romans 5:5

And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. 

 

 Hebrews 10:23-24

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Three Questions for 2015

  1. I love your question about the song of our hearts. When we use our gifts for His glory everything is a song of praise. When I’m writing for Him it’s just pure joy! Blessings and hugs!

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  2. In 2014 God gave me two very special gifts. He allowed my first novel, Sweetland of Liberty, to not only be published, but through the book, for me to reconnect with people from every phase of my life. In fact, I probably wouldn’t be connected with you, Debbie, without the book and our correspondence about both of our writings.

    The book is women’s Christian fiction and I was able to share the message that God is with us as our love and protector through all the trials we endure. And we all endure them.

    I also visited Israel with a group from my church. I will never view scripture the same again. The experience is like the Bible was opened and I jumped inside and walked around — or floated around, in the case of the Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee.

    What I give the world in exchange for these lavish gifts is that I am eager to share with others how magnificent God truly is; how huge and broad and beyond our comprehension yet at the same time, a very personal God who only wants our relationship with him and our love and gratitude.

    The song in my heart is to keep thanking him not only for these special, one-time gifts, but for the everyday, and equally or even more amazing gifts that he offers freely: salvation, peace, guidance, protection, love.

    I want to learn more about him and build our relationship and my understanding of my personal master of the universe — and master of my heart.
    — Donna Cronk, Pendleton, Ind.

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    • Oh Donna, I am in awe of how you articulate your faith! Yes, our LORD is wonderful and every day He gives us more gifts to experience, more gifts to share and more gifts to thank him for. Thank you for sharing the long version of your answers to the three questions. I am so looking forward to what God has in store for you, (me and us together) for 2015!

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  3. God’s gift of hope helped me through my worst of moments and helped me celebrate the best ones with joy and gratitude. Hope a priceless gift, so is love from God and love we share to others. Beautiful meaningful reflections to begin 2015. Happy New Year to you and your family. God bless my friend.

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