Other Reading: Psalm 31
I feel so excited about this new year. More than I have been in many past years, from what I can remember. There’s is something about 2017 that has me expectant of what the Lord has in store… maybe that’s a word for me, but I dare you to grab a hold of it and believe it for yourself as well.
This scripture has been coming to mind, and I’ll explain in a minute why.
Proverbs 29:18 HCSB
Without revelation people run wild,
but one who listens to instruction will be happy.
Some versions of this verse say “without vision the people perish”. Both ways are well said. We have to have goals, have a vision so that we can get anything done and not “run wild”.
In going into this new year we (my husband, Ben, and I) have decided to sit down and thoughtfully, and even more so, prayerfully, consider goals for the new year. I’m not referring to resolutions that people try for January and quit by February like diet and workout plans, I’m talking about giving the year to the Lord, asking Him what some changes we need to make as we choose to seek first His kingdom.
7 Goal Inspirations For 2017
- Financial goals – are there ways you and I need to pull up our “budget” socks and be better stewards with money? Are there ministries that you can partner with monthly that we haven’t considered before? What are we saving for in the new year? How can we see those goals accomplished?
- Health goals – yes, even the Proverbs 31 woman “strengthens her arms”. So how can we better our eating habits in the new year, and get more active as a family? Ben has a great work out plan already, so I think he’ll be a great source of ideas on this one.
- “Reaching out” goals – this Christmas the Lord really pressed on my heart little ways to bless here and there, and it actually ended up being me that was blessed, watching how the Lord used these seemingly small things. What can you do to better reach out in the new year?
- “Getting involved” goals – Are you involved in your local Church? We love where we are planted, and as a new year comes, we want to make sure we are focused. Praying into every one of those areas, committing them to the Lord, asking Him for direction is a great way to get your focus. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want life to be about my four and no more. That’s boring, and not eternal minded. Our house, all that’s in it, our cars, money… none of that can come with us to heaven. People matter. So much more.
- Spiritual goals – maybe find a Bible reading program that takes you through the Bible in a year? Plan out more time to be in prayer, or maybe your church attendance hasn’t been what it should be. Maybe you’re a musician who wants to make more time for just sitting playing your instrument, worshipping the Lord. One thing our church does every year in January is a corporate fast. Seeking the Lord first off in a New Year this way, especially along with the rest of the church, is a pretty great way to kick off a new year. Even if your church isn’t doing one, I challenge you to do one for yourself.
- Missions goals – it’s been 5 years since I was on a missions trip, and missions was once my life. So this is a major goal for the new year. And I know just where I’m headed, Lord willing.
- Other goals – you may have are career goals, ministry goals… of course I have goals with this blog.
Submitting our will over to the Lord is not always easy…. but you know I think the more we do it the easier it becomes? The more we choose to live according to His plan for our lives, the more you realize there’s nothing you want more? Realizing, truly, as for God, His way is perfect.
2 Samuel 22:31 NKJV
As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.
Do you believe that? That His way is perfect? Even in hard times, do you believe His way is perfect? If everything was going exactly how you want it to be, and He asks you to quit your job and go into the ministry, would you still believe His way is perfect?
John 3:30-31 NKJV
He must increase, but I must decrease. He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all.
Going into the New Year, I challenge you to write down goals for the New Year. Goals practically, and more important spiritually. Years can go by so quickly and we think to ourselves, “I’ll do that someday”. Well, I believe someday is now, someday is today. Step out and do what you’re called to do today. Wake up saying “Good Morning Lord, what do You have for us to do today?” If all of us believers did that, just think how much an impact we could make?
Let’s start this year with our ear pressed to Heaven, and allow Jesus to direct us throughout the year. Because a year is a long time, there will be twists in that road, we won’t know everything today even though we set a plan in place. Really, the best plan is just to draw near to God, nearer and nearer all year long. Only He knows.
If you’re not a believer yet, but you want to become one, you want to know this God who’s way is perfect, Who died for you, Who loves you more than you could every imagine, just talk to Him. Ask Him to be your Saviour, ask Him to forgive your sins, tell Him you want to follow Him the rest of your life. If you do this, I’d love to hear from you. Click the contact tab up top and send me a note.
Below is a prayer you can pray if you truly want to give your year over to the Lord.
Happy New Year, my friend!