“For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,” says the LORD, “plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope.”
JEREMIAH 29:11 AMP
Good morning. Tonight we will jump forward into 2018. Are you ready?
This time of the year I always make New Year’s resolutions. Have you ever done that? Whenever I speak of New Year’s resolutions, my friends usually cringe. I’ve heard all kinds of reasons not to do this. Yet, I still do. Why?
I treat the resolutions like goals for my life rather than promises. Yes, I am resolved in my efforts, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have periods of time where I make mistakes. Do I repeat resolutions? Usually, but that’s okay. I pray, write down my goals for the coming year, and pray again. The resolutions are always about areas in my life I would like to see improvement, because I am far from perfect. So, I make sure to include goals from all areas of my life (e.g. time with God, health, family, work, school, etc). After I make my list, I place it in the back of my planner. I usually forget what’s on the list, and seldom look back on it until I write the next year’s resolutions. Guess what? I’ve found that every year I’ve made great progress in all areas. Isn’t that great! It will work for you too!
Sometimes I only meet a portion of the goal, which means I need to work on this area a little more. It doesn’t mean failure. I usually set high goals. Why? I have always believed and taught my children that if your goals are high, you will make more progress than if your goals are just mediocre. Why not strive for more, and be surprised and pleased at the outcome? If your goals are too low, you have nowhere to go, if you don’t make the goal.
Whether you choose to write resolutions or not is entirely up to you. If you do, don’t stress and worry. Your subconscious mind will remember and God will help you.
As we go into the New Year, join me in setting the past behind us. Plan for the future, but enjoy living in the moment. Let’s count our blessings every day and forgive others as we forgive ourselves. Help others when we can, and develop a deeper relationship with God. Let’s leave behind worry, anxiety, sadness and fear. There is so much to enjoy in our world, and as I grow older I realize how short our time is on earth.
Happy 2018 and may God bless your life in ways you can’t begin to imagine!