A few weeks ago, I wrote about taking time to do a self assessment of your life getting ready for the new year. And now it is the new year. It is January 2 at the writing of this blog post. How’s that going? Did you do a self assessment? Did you make goals and plans for 2014? Most people make New Year’s resolutions, getting ready for a change in the new year. People want to change. They want to make things better.
I’m mediating on this for this Sunday. There’s a great passage that talks about this
“Where there is no vision, the people perish; but he that keepeth the Law, happy is he.” Proverbs 29:18 KJV
I’m looking at making a God given life vision for 2014. One of the things about the passage from Proverbs is that the word “perish” can mean “run wild.” Without a vision, we can run wild. We can run around like crazy and not focus. We can run around and not pay attention to what’s going on. And we don’t always pay attention to what we’re doing.
Instead, we’re to focus on God. And focus on what it means to follow him.
“Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes upon Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.” Hebrews 12:1-2
So how do we create a God given life vision for this year. It takes time to meditate on it. It takes time to focus on it. It takes time. And it takes effort and prayer. What are you looking forward to for 2014? Take it to God in prayer. Focus on Him in prayer. Ask Him if he wants you to go this direction.
Take time to write this out too. Keep it to 100 words or less. Write out your vision for your life for this coming year. And keep it REAL–Realistic, Examine it, Achievable, Learn from it.
Is it a realistic vision? I’m not saying move to Texas and create a new ministry without any support or idea of what you’re going to do. Or to travel to Mars. But something realistic within means and ability that you’re able to do.
Examine it: Look at it. Seek wisdom. What do other people think? What are the thoughts of those whom you see as spiritual mentors, as spiritually mature. Get their advice on it.
Make it achievable. Make markers and smaller steps you can achieve along the way. Make it something that you can do by small steps. Make action plans.
And finally, can you learn from it? Is it something that will teach you, stretch you, make you grow. Is it something you can learn from?
Make this a matter of prayer. And then separate it into smaller goals and action plans looking at the spiritual, physical, and emotional portions of the goal. We’re to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, with all of our soul, with all our heart, and with all our strength. How can you love God and serve him with this vision spiritually, physically, and emotionally. How can you grow and be healthy spiritually, physically, and emotionally in 2014?
Most importantly, stay in God’s word this year. Take time to read it. To understand it. If it’s been a while since you’ve read the Bible or have never really read it, start with the Gospel of Mark. It’s quick, easy, and to the point. I always suggest reading Mark first.
Staying in God’s word helps us focus. It helps us with our walk with Jesus. It helps us to grow stronger in our relationship with Jesus. It helps us stay focused. It helps us not have Spiritual ADD. Being ADD myself, I’ve learned that Spiritual ADD is when we loose focus in following God and staying in His word. And so, we need to learn to focus. We need to learn to focus on what’s what. On what’s important and keep the main thing the main thing.
So what should we do? This is a new year. Move forward.
“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14
Write this vision out. Live this vision out. Learn from the past but don’t let it overwhelm you. Learn from your failures of the past but don’t let them bog you down. And write the vision. Write it out. And post it somewhere. Post in on the fridge. Post it around the house. And learn from it. And use it to fuel you for this year.
And when you do, you will focus on God, focus on following Him, and not run wild this year. Make 2014 something great in God, living for Him.