The temptation of every new year is to want to do more than you did last year. If you're task oriented or goal oriented like me, you'll want to have a bunch of goals to pursue this year so you can check it off your to-do list and feel like you've been productive. Feeling productive made me feel successful. On the other hand, feeling unproductive made me feel like a failure.
For many years I would do that - set goals and pursue them. Most years, I'd do a pretty good job of fulfilling my goals, but those unproductive years when I didn't do well and didn't check many goals off of my to-do list, I felt like an utter failure. For weeks and months I would fall into a slump of frustration or a ditch of depression. Many of us think that if we do enough then we'll feel like a "somebody". But in God's eyes, He wants you to know that you are somebody no matter what you do. In other words, be who you are and who you were meant to be and it's because of that belief that you will be able to do what God says you can do. Simply put - be to do; not do to be. I want to encourage you to transform your to-do list into your to-be list. Here's my to be list:
1. Joe Be faithful
--As a husband
--As a father
--As a grandfather
--As a pastor
--As a friend
2. Joe Be healthy
--Physically - Eat healthy & Exercise
--Mentally - Reading & devouring books
--Spiritually - Bible reading & prayer
3. Joe Be excellent
--Definition of excellence: To go beyond
--My God is excellent & everything I do should reflect His excellence
4. Joe Be patient
--My last name is Onosa'i which means patience in Samoan.
--I have a long ways to live up to my name but I'm progressing.
--I live by a new philosophy that my mentor Pastor Norman Nakanishi engraved in me the past 3 years: "Less is more & slow is fast."
5. Joe Be compassionate
--I want the love of the Lord to be reflected in my life towards people that he's placed in my life.
--I want to share the love of God with those in my sphere of influence.
So what will you be in 2014?