New Year resolutions, goals, decisions, purposes, hopes, dreams, prayers, intentions… Everybody talks about it. Some of the most common have to do with health, weight loss, money, and ending bad habits. I mean that’s what our life revolves around right? We need money to live and most everything we do, because we live in our body, depends on our health and well-being; and bad habits? Well those are just annoying things that we partly want to stop doing but the other half of us enjoys the habit too much for us to really put our heart into quitting.
Even though these may be the first hopes that come to our mind, what about spiritual goals? Or character development? Or dreams that could bring God glory? For 2019 God gave me a verse to live by. “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) As the year went on – which went by way to fast – Jesus created in me a grateful spirit and it became easier and easier to thank Him for everything.
Because choosing a verse was so beneficial this year, I began praying for 2020’s verse in November. Amongst all the holiday prep I was overly stressed in a way I can’t remember having ever been before. I’m not sure what 2020 has in store, but my verse came out to be Philippians 4:6-7. “Be careful for nothing: but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of god, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
At first I was kind of anxious about the New Year. I was thinking, Oh No! What is around the corner?! I began wondering, did I see 2020 the way God saw it? Perfect eye vision is 20-20 and therefore the New Year has a great fit. Do I see the year 2020 with perfect vision? Is my vision 20-20?
Without a vision the people perish…Proverbs
Through the month of January I will be praying a lot about what my goals should be for the rest of the year. The book of Proverbs says, “Without a vision, the people perish…” My focus should be on Christ, but what does He want to do through me. What should I pray for? What should I hope for? What should I advance in? I have so many ideas for writing, running, health, relationships, money, and habits, that I’m not sure which ones I should move towards, which ones are just bucket list items and which ones I should toss. I want to make sure I’m seeing the year 2020 through Gods perfect 20-20 eyes.
Is your vision 20-20?
Happy New Years ya’ll! May God bless you with hopes and dreams that He plans to fulfill in you!
Coming up next week is Cadence in the Snow, so stay tuned!