How exciting, a new year ahead, a time for new beginnings. I know lots of people will sit down to write out some resolutions for the new year. I think resolutions are a great thing, but I don’t think we can accurately do so without doing some reflecting on the past year. We can start by getting out a pen and paper and then writing out the answers to the following questions:
What were some of the great things that happened over this past year? If you’ve had a rough year, and you’re having a hard time on this one, write out some of the things which you are currently thankful for and this might help get you started.
What were some of the difficulties I experienced this past year? And what lessons have I learned from these hardships?
Then finally, What can I do differently to make things better in the new year?
I see so many people set goals for the new year only to fail because they are unrealistic goals. Sometimes great changes must start with “baby steps.” One day at a time, one foot in front of the other. Persevering with the end goal always at the forefront of our minds. We must lay out a plan in order for goals to be successful.
Whether your goal be, growing in your relationship with God, strengthening your marriage, improving a relationship with your child, loosing weight, or getting control of your finances, etc. . . All of these in and of themselves are great goals, but they all take great discipline. Discipline is an essential for any type of change in our lives. And lets face it, disciplines are not fun! In Hebrews 12:11 it says . . . For no discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. This means that if we go through the hard work of becoming disciplined in certain areas, that there will be a blessing in the end! So remember all change starts with essential disciplines and a well laid out plan!
By setting too many goals to high we are only setting ourselves up for failure. So another important thing to do is prioritize. Make of list of what is most important to you in life. As Christians we all know God is supposed to be number one. So let’s make that an essential for all of us this new year! From my experience, it seems that when our priorities are in order, with God at the forefront, all the rest seem to naturally fall into place.
So as you set forth to pursue your “resolutions” for the new year, remember to reflect, plan, prioritize (GOD first) and expect to put in the hard work (discipline)! I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope! Jeremiah 29:11 May Jesus be the hope of your life, put him first and you won’t be disappointed!
I wanted to share just a few highlights of my own “reflections” from this past year. God has worked in my life in some amazing ways. He has been so good to me and shown himself so real and relevant in my daily happenings. I have a new excitement in my walk with the Lord. I’ve got a long way to go, and it’s not always easy, but to see God’s hand working daily is most exciting. Also with so many changes happening in our church over the past year, it has been exciting for me to see God moving and working there also. He is so faithful and is bringing about some awesome change! God is so good, all the time!