My New Year’s Prayer

Recently, I ran across a prayer in a book by Arlene James that really struck me as a prayer perfect for the New Year, “Make me a man You are proud to call Your own.” How often have we thought about making God proud? Too often we think only in terms of what we want.
But isn’t that the purpose of life to live a life pleasing to God? We are called to live for His glory, not ours. This seems to be something our society has forgotten. We emphasize self but that isn’t the life we are called to lead.
Take a good look at your life. Have you made God proud? Are you glorifying God? Are people attracted to Jesus because of the life you lead? Do people see His love and compassion in you? Can people see someone who is different from the rest of society?
Sadly too often the answer is no. We aren’t different from the rest of society. We are just as angry, selfish and negative as everyone else.
But that doesn’t have to be the end of the story. With God’s grace we can become the people God created us to be. New Year’s is an awesome time to start. Begin with prayer. God, make me a person You are proud to call your own. Say it everyday and watch what God can do in a single year. And yes, it really can be that simple.


Author: ronquinlan

To me the message is what is important. Feel free to copy and use anything on this blog. Some pieces were originally published by Catholic Lane so please give them credit. I am a charismatic Roman Catholic and former Social Studies teacher in Catholic Schools. Pieces I've written have been published on Catholi Lane, Catholic Exchange and the Women of Grace blog.

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