Making each year better is a wish most of us have, but each moment going forward is where we decide to make that wish a realty. Every year during this time I seek God about the upcoming year. Even though I know that I am "a work in progress" I am amazed how little I know about moving forward. I am thankful that my progress does not depend on me. With God I am able to learn, develop, grow, and keep moving toward the destiny that He has planned for me. Knowing this I was not surprised when I heard Him speak words of discipline into my heart regarding what I could choose to change daily this upcoming year.
Do just a little more.
Doing more was not what I expected to hear from God, seeing how I was looking forward to simplifying my life, but thank God that He does not just tell us what to do with out helping us do it. In context I was seeking God about how to be a better daughter to Him, wife to my husband, mom to my children, and Christian to this world when I heard this specific set of instructions. "Do just little more" in daily responsibilities increases the level of excellence. This has been a desire of my heart; to be more excellent in whatever I put my hand to, and God explained to me that if I "do just a little more" in my daily activities in those four areas of my life that over time excellence will come, (Dan. 6:3)
Being a balanced "work in progress" is so important to me, so when God spoke these words in my heart I asked Him about balancing doing more while still developing an excellent spirit. God reminded me of the word "little". In my past I struggled with being a work-a-holic, because I did not do a little more, but always did a lot more. God comforted me with that one word, letting me know that a little adds up to a lot of progress, whereas doing a lot more adds up to a work-a-holic.
"Do just a little more" will mean something different to each one of us, but with God it can keep us growing as we progress. Spending a little more time each day in God's Word, doing something little each day for our spouses, investing a little more each day in our children, and reaching out to do something little for another person will make this year better for each one of us. At work, ministry, or anything we set our hands to if we were to do just a little more, not a lot but just a little more, it will take our work to the next level while still being able to enjoy our "work in progress".
This year or this day only comes around once, so we must progress making each one count for God. Not perfectly, but consistently we must strive to make our lives count so that we remain "a work in progress"!
"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going."
(Ecc. 9:10 NKJV)