Happy New Year! Seems like last year was Y2K and all the commotion about street lights going crazy…retirement funds being depleted…financial chaos on Wall Street…no water and food being available…people reserving generators over one year in advance. Then 9/11/01 and the economy crashing. Wow! This decade has blown by quickly.
I’ve never met anyone who thinks time has passed slowly. Really, the only thing we are guaranteed in life (assuming the Rapture doesn’t occur), is this…Time Passes! Unless you die, time passes, and as we’ve noted…time passes, quickly.
So here’s my point…Putting the above observations together, we are guaranteed that Jan 1, 2011, will be here very quickly. Just preparing you. The question you need to ask yourself, “Do I want to be in the same positions, shoes, state of mind, level of maturity, degree of impact on family and friends, as I am now?…or do I want more from myself!” We all want to grow. In fact, God commands us to mature, to go from milk to solid food. If you aren’t going forward, then you are going backward. Life is much easier and more fulfilling when we are growing.
Growth starts with setting a goal…then realizing where you are now, and developing a strategy to navigate life from where you are now to progress to your goal. To make growth happen, self-reflection and assessment are key. 12/31 is a time most look back and assess, but it is hard to assess one year in a just a few minutes. That’s just lazy and shortsighted. You didn’t get this way overnight and you don’t assess it in a few hours.
Today, write down who you want to be on 1/1/11. Be very descriptive about your spiritual, emotional, thinking, and relational world. Then commit to 15-30 minutes per day of some serious self-reflection/assessment. The return on this small investment will be life-changing. WITHIN REACH will give you a unique and powerful strategy to bring dramatic growth in all areas of your life. Click here to share with the Stepping Stones community your thoughts on 1/1/11.
Dear Father God, You are so Holy and amazing, I am in awe. Thank You for not giving up on me a sinner, and actually wanting to come along side me, bear my yoke, be my Counselor, and grow me to be Christ-like. I know You want to finish the work You started and have promised You will. Show me how to use your Holy Spirit, instruction, and understanding of who You are, to transform my mind and life. I pray in the name of the one who who started this tansformational revolution, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children said – AMEN!
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16,17