Preparing for a New Year
We approach now a New Year, a time of new beginnings.
Excitement and anticipation fill the air,
as resolutions and intentions are set everywhere.
Taking time to reflect upon the last year
and plan for the new year is a powerful practice.
I encourage you to write goals in all areas of life
and then break those goals into action steps with clear deadlines.
Ensure that your goals meet the “SMART” specifications:
Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timed.
Doing so will bear great fruit,
as stretching one’s self with goals aligned to God’s Will
yields both exhilarating growth and great glory to God.
I pray that you look most deeply at the spiritual aspect of your goals.
Areas such as family, career, finances and health are certainly important;
yet of highest import is the relationship with the Creator,
for spiritual fruit is eternal.
Contemplate deeply how you can grow
in your intimacy with the LORD and in your service to Him.
Will it be through longer and more focused prayer time?
More structure in Bible study?
More giving of one’s self and one’s resources?
Greater attentiveness to the Presence of God moment to moment?
Commitment to full surrender to God in all areas?
A combination of these and other goals?
And how will you measure the fulfillment of these goals?
How will you break down the goals and time the action steps?
How will you hold yourself accountable?
These are just some questions to consider as you write your spiritual goals.
Truly our Father makes all things new.
He renews faith.
He restores hearts.
He transforms sorrow to joy.
He makes a crown of the cross.
He creates from death…New Life.
“He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’
Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’
He said to me: ‘It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega,
the Beginning and the End.
To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost
from the spring of the water of life.
He who overcomes will inherit all this,
and I will be his God and he will be my son.’ “(Revelation 21:5-7)
Entering a New Year, then, we celebrate the New Life
God gives through the redemptive Sacrifice of Christ Jesus.
I am deeply grateful for you,
and I am happy to celebrate divine renewal and rejuvenation with you.
As always, if you would like help along your journey,
It would be an honor for me to walk alongside you
for even part of your journey!
Allow the application of the 7-Step Live-on-P.U.R.P.O.S.E. Process to transform your life by God’s grace and power.
God bless you, and I pray divine peace, love and joy fill your heart
and your days in 2013…and always!
May the Lord be with you as you are preparing for a New Year!