When was the last time you slowed down to remember what you were doing last January?
Was it a good month?
What would you say defined it?
Did you learn anything?
Can you even remember?
Each new year I set aside time to PRAISE. PRAY. PLAN. The discipline of being quiet, distraction free. Remembering where the Lord took me. How he gave me grace. Brought people into my life. Challenged me. There is joy in remembering and it allows me to be thankful for the past.
Psalm 145: 4-7
“One generation shall commend your works to another,
and shall declare your might acts.
On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,
and I will declare your greatness.
They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness
and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.”
Not my works, acts, majesty, awesome deeds, greatness, abundant goodness, righteousness. The LORD’s. How quick I am to take the credit for my “wonderful last year.” I’m so easily a fame and glory thief.
Have you taken time to look at the evidence of grace in you life and where the credit belongs?
1 Chronicles 28:9
“…know the God of your father and serve him with your whole heart and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches the hearts and understands every plan and thought.”
Gulp. Read it again. Let it sink in.
I love thinking about the future. I love acting on it. It thrills me.
But I’m not into new year’s resolutions. I’m into strategically looking at what I’ve learned in the last year (or five) and building on it…not redoing it. Setting goals for growth.
- What have I said YES to this year and what do I need to say NO to, so I have balance and boundaries with my life.
- What are my top time wasters?
- What are my top money wasters?
- How will I be disciplined to not allow that waste in my future year? Who can keep me accountable?
Do you ever feel like a human doer not a human being. Do, do, do, go, go, go rather than just resting and being. I encourage you to take some time to reflect and plan.
“…Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God, even my God, is with you.” 1 Chronicles 28:20
Ask the Lord for direction, seek council, look at your motives, be wise about your plans…but sometimes you just need to step out and do it.