As 2020 draws to a close, we look forward to 2021. The beginning of each new year can be a time to reflect on the previous year, on what has gone well and what needs some change. January has many people setting goals and making resolutions. Setting goals and making resolutions aren’t bad things, but I want to encourage you to seek the Lord’s will in all of the goals and resolutions you make for the upcoming year. Proverbs 16:9 states, “The mind of a person plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” If we take time to truly sit in God’s presence and pray, seeking God’s will for our lives, our goals and resolutions will line up better with what God wants. And isn’t doing what God wants just what we all desire in the first place?
Some goals help us grow emotionally. Some grow us academically. Some strengthen us physically. As you set goals, I want to encourage you to set some spiritual goals too. Set them for yourself and your family as well. Maybe this is the year your family learns the order of the books of the Bible. Maybe this is the year that you set aside one night a week for an electronic-free evening of family-focused fun. Maybe this year you commit to read through the whole Bible from cover to cover. This might be the year that you begin to journal your prayers to the Lord and record the way He answers. God might lead you to a “word” or a “verse” to focus on this year. Maybe this is the year you commit to tithe, or if you already do, you might increase your giving by 1%. Maybe this is the year that you actually include some money in your budget to help others. Maybe this is the year that you have a daily quiet time with Jesus at the start of each day. Maybe this is the year you give to missions. Maybe this is the year that you share your faith with your co-workers. The possibilities are endless! Spend some time with God and then dig into the new year with zeal and the help of the Holy Spirit!
I love you each and give thanks for you often. I look forward to seeing what God has in store for the upcoming year, in our church, in each of you and in myself.
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