I took my son for his yearly checkup and the first thing they did was a vision test. They didn’t check his weight or height first, his lungs or his heart. They checked to be sure he could see clearly. If you cannot see clearly, it will be much more difficult to get to where you’re trying to go. As we begin this new year, that has been my focus in preparing for the things I’d like to accomplish and the things God would like to accomplish through me. Proverbs 29:18 KJV says “Where there is no vision, the people perish”. If you have no vision of where you’re going, how will you know when you get there?
Every year, millions of people celebrate the calendar turning over to the first month of the year. The year brings a new start, a chance to wipe the slate clean and begin again. I keep a monthly chalkboard calendar in my kitchen and one of my favorite things to do is erase the old month. I usually leave it blank for a bit to just savor the newness and blankness of it, no appointments, programs or obligations yet. Just the calm, clear chance to decide how my time will spent that month. The first thing I write is a scripture in the upper left corner that I feel God is placing on my heart for the month. Then I ask him, to guide this month and allow me to be sensitive to what HE wants to accomplish through me this month.
This New Year, I have the same feeling of a fresh start only on a greater scale. Not only is this a new month, a new year, but also a new decade. Part of moving forward includes evaluating the past. How was my year? Did I accomplish my goals from 2019? Would I be happy if the next ten years of my life looked like the last ten? If not, what must I do to change that? Or if so, what must I do to continue? When asking these questions, I not only ask myself, but the Lord as well. James tells us that if we lack wisdom, we should ask God (James 1:5). God extends beyond our limited ideas of space and time so he already knows what the future holds for us. It only makes sense to ask his guidance for our lives as believers.
In the next few weeks, I plan to write more about goal setting and vision that I hope will take you from dreaming about your own goals to starting to live them. I am confident that God is taking us all to places we’ve never dreamed of, both spiritually and physically (#austrailiatrip!) and will continue to form us into the women He’s called us to be. Make sure you check out the post on Goals and Habits and Biblical Fasting if you need help planning for the new year! Until next time, love God, love people!
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