A new year is peeking around the corner. 365 Days of a blank slate.
We have eleven days left in 2018. Most of them will be spent with family and friends enjoying Christmas holiday fun or frustration. Maybe a little bit of both. Hopefully, more on the fun side!
At some point over the next two weeks, take time to review where you have been this year, and think about where you want to go in 2019. Do you feel trapped in your job? Is your marriage fizzling or in need of some spice? Are you dealing with serious health or mental issues? Take ten to fifteen minutes to review your year.
Review & Focus On A Few
Write down three good things (or more if you think of them!) you are happy about or proud of this year. Praise God for the Good!
What are one or two things you would like to do differently or improve? Personally or professionally. Praise God for the blunders too!
Then instead of making many New Years resolutions, you will not keep past January 15th focus on a few things. What is one to max three things you want to improve in yourself or life this year?
If you are not sure, ask God what He wants you to improve in your life or venture in a new direction. Ask Him for clarity on what direction to go.
Did you write them out or type them up? Your brain reinforces your ideas when you put them in writing. It gives your brain a chance to find ways to answer your questions. Try it!
Show me the right path, O Lord;
point out the road for me to follow.
Lead me by your truth and teach me,
for you are the God who saves me.
All day long I put my hope in you.
~ Psalm 25:4-5 NLT ~
For me, I need to focus on exercise and adjusting some of my eating habits. Also, I am working on paying off credit card debt, from a previously failed business, as fast as I can this year. I have been working on it for ten years. I am very close to paying them off.
These are two important goals for me. I have a plan for the finances, and still working out what to do with the eating and exercise to improve my health. What do you want to improve or try in 2019?
Where will God take you in 2019?
So, schedule this time with yourself today. What day can you take about 30 minutes to an hour reviewing the past, and looking forward to the future? Ask God to guide on you how to achieve a new goal, or improve on old ones. Be open to His leading in your life and heart. Life is more exciting with Him!
After you decide what goals to place your focus and energy, then ask God the steps you need to take to achieve them. Review the steps weekly. Continue to seek God’s wisdom and guidance. He will clearly show you the path to take.
See where God will take you in 2019! Don’t be afraid to step out into new territory!
BE MERRY & BRIGHT
Time is precious. Don’t waste it on the trivial. Love them anyway.
Loving others well is our ultimate goal. God is the God of the impossible. Let him move in your heart and the life of your family to renew, heal, and restore any broken relationships. Pray before every family event for everyone to be kind and enjoy your time together.
I know some relationships are not repairable on this earth, but you do your part of being kind, loving, and forgiving. With God’s help, this is possible, BUT this does not mean you allow people to hurt you or walk all over you. It means to be civil and work hard not to react to their poison. If possible, keep your mouth shut or leave if your time together is not going well.
It is our prayer you enjoy time with family and friends. If you have estranged or strained family relationships, pray for God to help you handle them the best you can. Remember whatever the problem, if you were to die today, would this be how you would want to leave the relationship?
Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted,
forgiving one another,
just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
~ Ephesians 4:32 NLT ~