Often we reject God, not because of lack of need, but because of our desire to be in control. We are selfish reactors rather than selfless servants.

Jesus said, “‘…. You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean’” (Matthew 23:25-26).

We do our best to project goodness and self-control while deep inside there is this gnawing knowing that our control is as temporary as life itself; goodness ebbs and flows with circumstance and emotion. Our only source of hope for change comes by letting go of our efforts to capture the wind and believe, learn, and seek the will of the Creator of the wind. Yes, faith is less about our doing and more about receiving. Receiving what? Receiving hope when it seems all that is real is seen, held, and thought (see Psalm 62:5-8).

There is so much more to life and living than trusting in what is recognized by this world. Faith is hope in action, and God gives us faith. And in our allotted faith, we discover extraordinary hope; a hope which adjusts our focus on the temporary to surrendering to eternity.

Jesus said, “‘For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord’” (Matthew 23:29).

A focus shift is not a New Year’s resolution or a fad diet for the soul. No. This focus change is an intentional leaving what is not of God and setting yourself in a position of surrendering to God’s will. As a result, you will be transformed by God; daily transformed, more and more — “So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image” (2 Corinthians 3:18).

As we kick off another year, may we consider less of self and more of God; in doing so, God will eternally transform our focus. Happy New Year, my friends!

SGLY, dear reader.

(Smile, God Loves You.)

Tiffany Kaye Chartier is a Christian author and opinion columnist. You can find her newly released books, “H.E.R.O. Faith” and “Bad Disciples” on Amazon. To submit feedback on SGLY, please contact news@amtrib. com.