2015 is well on its way. Can you believe we are already half way through January? I’m sure most of you have written down resolutions, set goals or chosen a word for the year to spur you on. I am still working on my goal list. Its a work in progress like me. Today I want to share 5 sure ways to a great year.
1. Determine to pray more. “Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.” (Ephesians 6:18) There you go. We are to pray at all times: at home, at work, in the car, with our family, while doing the dishes, before bed….you get the picture. Being in prayer will help us focus on God and our relationship with Him. This can only bless our year. No matter what comes our way, talking with God makes a difference. He gives us peace to accept, strength to endure and comfort to breathe through each experience.
2. Definitely set goals. Give yourself something to work towards. “So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air.” ( 1 Corinthians 9:26) When we set goals, we put a plan in place for the year. Whether its getting out of debt or decluttering your home, goal setting moves us to accomplish those things we want (or need) to get done. And when we reach the finish line, we can smile. Pray about your goals and listen to the direction God gives you. It is a good idea to make sure your goals are in line with His will for your life.
3. Embrace each day. When you wake up each morning, thank God for another day of life and breath. “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:245) Each day is a new day to glorify the Lord, to work on your goals and to live life. Although you do not know what your day will hold, you can trust your day to the Lord and embrace what He has in store for you. Even if it ends up being a rough day, there is peace in knowing God is working in your life daily and will provide what you need to endure. Of course, the good days are always days to rejoice. Remember each day is a piece of a bigger picture so embrace it.
4. Trust the Lord with tomorrow. The one thing you can be certain of is you never know what your tomorrows will hold for you. Tomorrow is always unknown. We schedule and plan for it but ultimately only the Lord knows what will happen. So, there in lies our trust. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.” (Matthew 6:34) Leave your tomorrows in His hands and trust Him to lead you. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)
5. Decide to be a better person. Okay, so how do we do that? We live the Word of God daily. In and of our own ability to be better will falter somehow but reading, studying and praying the Word will never fail us. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16) Even more so when we memorize Scripture, we can know the Holy Spirit will bring it to mind at just the right moment we need it. Being a better person has everything to do with following the will of God and nothing to do with our way of seeing things. Someone cuts you off while driving, ask the Lord to be with them. You have to stand in a line for longer than you want, thank God for the physical ability to do so. The children are being a little unruly, seek to practice patience in action and words. Your daily schedule isn’t going as you had planned, be grateful that God knows better than you how your day should go.
So, there you have it. Five sure, and doable, ways to have a great 2015! Do you have more ideas on how to have a great year?