“Transformed by the love of God:” Bishop DeDe’s Message for the New Year

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My hope is that we will finally be transformed, not by our new attempts at “being better,” but by our openness to what God is and is calling us to be.

Transcript:

As we begin a new year, this is a time when we look back and we look forward at the same time. Many of us are engaged in thinking about how we might be better people and we have an unending list of “shoulds.”

“We should eat less.”
“We should run more.”
“We should write more; we should read more.”

In all of those “shoulds,” underlying them is a question:

“Are we good enough?”

I think in this new year, our lives might be transformed by something completely different than what we “should” do.

Within each of us, there is a gifted part of us from God. A person God has called us to be and wants to empower us to be in this world.

My hope is that we will finally be transformed, not by our new attempts at “being better,” but by our openness to what God is and is calling us to be.

This will involve facing our fears. This will involve doing something vulnerable or uncomfortable, maybe. But in each instance when we reach out and authentically do the things that are on our hearts to do, we will be energized, empowered and healed.

I hope in this new year you will find ways to experience the love of God:

To call a friend who’s been on your heart.
To pray more.
Read scripture.
Or do those things that you’ve always wanted to do, but have been too afraid to try.

This is the year. This is the year to be transformed by the love of God.

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