2017 Basics

Do you make New Year resolutions? I usually do not. The few I have written or resolved in the past were likely forgotten by February or March of the same year.happy-new-year

Looking into 2017, however, I sense some clear instructions from the Lord. So if I want to be obedient, it probably means that some resolutions are needed. Here we go.

  1. REST. God rested after six days of work. Is my work more important than His? (ha!) Resting and the related instructions regarding Sabbaths and Jubilees are all part of God’s law. But we (I) could (and do) argue: do we need to be bound to follow the law, now that we are in the New Covenant dispensation? (The typical cop-out, right?) Jesus, who came to fulfill the law, explained it so well: “The Sabbath was created for man, not man for the Sabbath.” In other words, the principle of Sabbath rest is for our own good. In order to correctly pace this race and reach the appointed finish, I need to be willing to rest!
  2. RELATE. We often hear about two main categories of people: relationship-oriented and task-oriented. I am definitely among the latter. Translated, it means that I am energized by doing tasks and drained by being with people. But—we need each other! And relationships, in order to be healthy, need our time. Second resolution.
  3. REPRODUCE. Things that have life, grow. Things that have sustainable life, reproduce. Russ Carson writes in the book What Makes a Leader Great that we exist in order to replace ourselves. Mentoring others and replacing ourselves is important for any person of any age. But when you are over forty (smile!), it becomes even more crucial. In every area of work and ministry, God wants me to replace myself in others this year.

The “Three R’s” of Reading, ‘Riting and ‘Rithmatic represent the basics of education. This year, God is calling me back to another basic three R’s. May His grace be sufficient!

We wish each and every one of you a wonderful year in 2017.

~ Diane

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About Omondis In Kenya

Ibrahim and Diane Omondi serve on the DOVE Christian Fellowship International Apostolic Council, giving oversight to the region of Africa. They have been ministering together in Kenya since 1984 and now oversee the work of more than 100 congregations in four nations. They also give leadership to the missions thrust of DOVE Africa which includes 14 Kenyan and Ugandan missionaries serving among unreached people groups in these nations. The Omondis direct Springs of Africa, a non-profit organization sponsoring micro-finance, community development and various education initiatives.
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9 Responses to 2017 Basics

  1. Larry Kreider says:

    Good blog, Diane!
    Larry

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. Excellent. Love this, especially the rest part. 🙂

  3. Thanks, Steve. Now since it went “public,” I will need to be accountable!

  4. Nan S Garber says:

    Trying to remember if you’ve ever taken an extended sabbatical — 3 to 12 months away from ministry. It might be time to think about that. I know others that set aside 1 weekend (or 2-3 day stretch) a month or 1 week a year. And then there is what to put into the time. One piece of advice is: “Don’t just do something, sit there!” For many it needs to include play, or creative/artistic adventure, or immersion in nature. Our bodies usually speak up asking for flexing schedules and lots of rest. Yep, sounds like you are being called to something we are not genetically disposed toward!

    • Nan, Good to hear from you! Yes, we did have a 3-month sabbatical in 2005 (quite a while ago!) DOVE strongly recommends 3 to 6 months “off” every seven years, so we have been talking about when to do that again. I like your “Don’t just do something…” advice! That is not our normal disposition, for sure!

  5. Jon and Loice Byler says:

    Thanks for the good word!

    Jon

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