The effectiveness of New Year’s resolutions can be debated. No matter how determined you are, if you are not prone to a life of routine, you would be hard pressed to live up to any set New Year’s expectations you might have. On a personal level this might suffice, but as a leader of your church or ministry, you have to be the frontrunner who sets the bar high, and throughout the year maintains that mark. If you are anxious about what this new year might bring, then you are not alone! See what God’s will for your ministry looks like!
Dedication Brings Jubilation
“The heights by great men reached and kept, were not obtained by sudden flight. But they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Good planning and foresight mixed with hard work and dedication will result in a great reward. Align that with God’s will, and you are guaranteed a recipe for success. We often think success is only measured by one’s status or wealth. Why not start viewing success as fulfillment in all areas of your life? If you have poured your heart and soul into your ministry, vocation, or company then you will know that “those who sow with tears will reap with joy!” (Psalm 126:5).
Dream Bigger Than You Ever Have
This is not some prosperity gospel message where you are told to believe and God will do the rest. Dreaming big, I believe, is a God-given mandate. As His beloved creation, we have been given authority and power to live life to its fullest. If you wanted to write a book, do it this year. If you wanted to record an album, do it! If you wanted to start your own business, then step out and lay the foundation. When you view your dreams and aspirations as avenues through which God can use you to impact the lives of others, your ambitions change in nature from being self-centered to kingdom-serving.
Look Through the Eyes of Mercy
If by now you have not realized how in need of mercy you are, then you must be living in a make-believe world. Open your eyes to the needs of this world and those around you. Stop living in your cocoon. Embrace every chance to serve, love, and support others. Step out of your comfort zone and love like your Savior does!
Learn to Live in the Present
Make a conscious decision not to live in the past or future. This is especially important if you are prone to exaggerated hypothetical scenarios. If you don’t know, then you cannot assume. If it has not happened, then there is no reason to fret about it. If it is done, it is done. If we can master this simple rule, our lives will be rich with joy.
Learn To Live and Love The Word
“In His presence there is fullness of joy! ” (Psalm 16:11). Would you ignore someone you love and care for deeply? Why then is it so easy for us to ignore our need to spend time with God? It is not mandatory, nor should it be an obligation. It is an act of love. If He is our beginning and end, our foundation and hope, our future, knowledge, and peace, should He not take priority in our lives?
Stand Steadfast In Your Calling
The day that your life began was the day the Savior’s breath entered you. That day, you became aware of your higher calling, whatever that might be. Don’t loose track of that calling. Look back and remember that day when your spirit became alive, and you found fulfillment in knowing what God wants for your life. He never reveals it all, as it is a journey. Your goal is to hold on to that calling, stand fast, even in the midst of adversity, and to live it until the end. Remember, you only have this one opportunity! Don’t look back in 20 years, and regret that you did not push through.
Learn From Every Experience
Be a scholar by nature. Learn through every experience. Good or bad. Evaluate outcomes, contemplate your actions, and document your findings. This way you create a road map that you can easily reference when facing similar situations in the future. Only a fool makes the same mistake twice. I guess we are all fools!
Take Nothing for Granted
If you are willing to acknowledge that who you are, what you have and where you are going is a mere gift entrusted to you, you will less likely succumb to the arrogance of thinking you are entitled to anything. The most beautiful thing is a gifted person who lives humbly and seeks out every opportunity as a way to give thanks. In such a life there is clear evidence of knowing God’s will!