January 10, 2017 by maryruwe
The first week of this New Year is over and we are on our way. This is just the beginning of new adventures with this New Year. Have you thought much about what kind of year you want to make 2017? Let’s make some changes in our lives now so when this year ends in twelve months we will have accomplished at least some of our goals or maybe even all that we have endeavored to do.
As in all beginnings, there must be a plan; a step by step process, in order to reach any goal a person wants to accomplish. There is no better way to begin except by putting God first in our lives each day. I personally like my quiet time in the early morning before the day gets crazy with other scheduled activities on my calendar.
The best way I’ve found to keep track of what to do next is to write it down. The Bible says a lot about writing things down. One specific Scripture is Habakkuk 2:2, “write the vision, and make it plain upon tables”. In other words writing down your goals and making them plain to understand will help keep you focused and help you to complete them. Keeping the list where you can see it often will also help you remember what you need to accomplish each day, week, and month.
For me personally: my present goal is to concentrate on my studies at Rhema Bible Training College and to graduate in May. Then I can concentrate on other goals that have been somewhat put aside.
A funny personal example from my 2016 summer list is that toward the end of the summer when I saw clearly that I wasn’t going to be able to complete everything on my list before the school year began – I just took some of them “off” that list and placed them on my list for 2017 summer!!! You can laugh if you want, but my first priority is my studies and there is no sense in feeling guilty or fretting about what’s not going to be possible during this school year.
So to help keep me on track for this year, I put a note on my calendar at the beginning of June what projects to begin and finish that month (yes, it’s actually my list from last year’s). Then I put a note at the beginning of the remaining months of 2017 to give me some accountability in reaching my goals for this year. Hmmm, sounds like another list! However breaking long-term projects down into shorter goals sometimes actually help us finish the larger projects.
The Bible tells us in Deuteronomy 30:19 that life and death, blessing and cursing, are set before us each day; and that we should choose life. When we choose to live for Jesus we are choosing life. Our life of living for Him begins when we accept Jesus as Savior and make Him Lord of our lives (Romans 10:9-10). Our obedience to living according to His Word results in a holy, loving, kind, generous, and patient life (a short list) and will bring changes to our lives of peace, health, prosperity, and joy. Each day we make decisions that determine the outcome of our life. And maybe the life we live for Jesus will be the example that someone needs to turn their heart to Jesus.
There are two avenues of choices:
- Choose to give into the pressures of temptations and choose to sin; or choose to give into the pressures of life and choose to worry, fret, be discouraged, get angry about life etc., which also leads us into sin.
- Choose to believe, speak, and live according to the Word of God, which leads to life abundantly that Jesus came to give us (John 10:10).
The choices we make each day determine not only if we will accomplish reaching our goals but also determines the kind of life we have. Making a decision to not over spend with our money keeps us in peace because we don’t have debt hanging over us. Making decisions to eat right and exercise keeps us healthy so our bodies can ward off sickness and disease. Being a friend helps to make friends. Remember, this is JUST THE BEGINNING, so let’s begin right. Putting God first in our lives every day will keep our mind on Him and will give us peace, joy, and wisdom. Our Heavenly Father wants to bless us, but we are to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). Begin each day seeking to please God with your life, and to being a blessing to others.
Have a wonderfully blessed week.