When you think about the New Year, I pray you will consider first taking an inventory of 2017. Did you accomplish many of the goals/resolutions that you made? Did you lose or gain that extra 10 pounds? Maybe I shouldn’t go there. My point is take stock of yourself and what you did well then put that in the “See, I can do it” column. What you may not have done or finished, put that on your ‘to do list’ for the coming year. If it was a good goal for 2017 it’s still a good goal for 2018.
I know I have some of those unresolved goals myself. We can moan about it, saying making resolutions is a waste of time, and give up altogether, or we can determine to continue striving for that prize Christ has set before us. Remember Jesus said: “Without Me you can do zilch” (nothing), but in Christ we can do ALL things. That is so encouraging to me, that’s one reason I never want to give up serving Him.
Let me give a little advice for 2018:
First, do what the Bible says and ask God for wisdom (James 1:5). God is more than willing to show you how to accomplish whatever task He gives you.
Second, Don’t be afraid of trying something new. Setting new goals, reaching for the sky, etc, This gives one energy, hope, and brings excitement into your life.
Third, dare I say it? Change is Good! I firmly believe in the adage: “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” But I am equally a fan of changing whatever isn’t working. The definition of insanity is: “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Here are a few things worthy of change: discouragement; a poor opinion or yourself; a dark outlook on life, nobody loves me (Jesus does); I can’t do anything right; that’s not true, if you are a Believer, you are already an ‘Overcomer’. See, some things are indeed worth changing.
Fourth, determine to invest time in worship and fellowship. Whatever your goals might be, ask God to do a fresh work of grace in your life. Ask Him to help you to lead souls to Jesus this year. Make a commitment to read the Bible through (start today) in the new year. Develop an intercessory prayer ministry. You can do this by either using the prayer list in the bulletin, by asking those close to you how you can pray for them, or simply by keeping your eyes open to the needs around you. Some people are shy about telling you want’s going on in their life.
God said our time in this world is like a vapor. We all dream, beloved, but don’t waste time dreaming alone. Ask God how to make your dreams a reality for His glory and see what He does in your life for 2018. Be encouraged; this could be the year Jesus returns! It could also be the start of a great work, and He chooses to use YOU to do it. Wouldn’t that be exciting?