Our new year’s resolution is to be so busy doing God’s work that we don’t have time for the negative criticisms of this world.
Good grief, this year has been rough.
We began the year with so much hope for the start of a new decade.
Hope for growing our family and our businesses, while traveling to new places.
But as the year progressed we had a few adoptions fall through (not to mention the adoption scam) and discovered pain in unexpected places in foster care.
Both of our businesses took a major financial hit (more on this to come in the new year, unfortunately).
And we mostly traveled between our bedroom and the kitchen (which wasn’t too bad because I love baking and eating).
However, the amount of negativity and criticism that has flowed from pain and selfishness in our world has been astounding.
And I’ve had enough of it.
So Roger and I have come up with a resolution for the new year that can’t be canceled by any person or anything that happens in the world:
Be so busy doing God’s work that you don’t have time for the negative criticisms of this world.
With the growth of technology and social media, even while remaining at home, you can’t escape the hurtful words of friends, strangers, and family members who disagree with you.
But instead of attempting to remove, erase, or avoid what we can’t control, we are going to get busy.
Busy finding ways to help others, sharing our faith through our actions, and letting God’s grace shine through as we seek to do His will.
This is something we’ve been talking about for a while and we didn’t want to wait for the new year to begin.
So last month, we started making a list on my phone of ways we could serve and bless others, whether that be in-person (since Roger is in healthcare he has already had the first dose of the vaccine and once I have mine I will begin in-person as well), through donation, and anonymously.
At the end of each month, we will pick three different things from the list per week for the coming month.
Sometimes they will be things that we can do together, but most of the items on our list are things that we can do individually using the talents and blessings that God has uniquely given us (1 Corinthians 12).
I would love to encourage you to join us this year in becoming busy for Christ (James 2:14-26).
This new year has so much potential, and I pray that God will work through us to make this coming year a little bit better for others; being a blessing with the time we have remaining.
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With love, Giusti
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV