Happy New Year! Seems like Y2K was just a couple years ago with all the commotion about streetlights going crazy…retirement funds being depleted…financial chaos emerging from Wall Street…water and food being unavailable…people reserving generators over one year in advance. Then, 9/11 and the economy really crashing. Wow! This decade has blown by so rapidly.
I’ve never met anyone who thinks time has passed slowly. Really, the only thing we are guaranteed in this world (assuming the Rapture doesn’t occur) is this…Time Passes! Unless you die, time passes. And as we’ve noted…time passes very quickly.
So here’s my point…Putting the above observations together, we are guaranteed that Jan 1, 2012 will be here, and be here very quickly. Just preparing you. Now, the question you need to ask yourself, “Do I want to be in the same position, shoes, state of mind, level of psychological and spiritual maturity? Do I want to have the same degree of impact on family, friends and society? 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. Staying the same isn’t a choice. If you aren’t going forward, then you are going backward. Life is much easier and more fulfilling when we are growing.
First, growth starts when you set a goal. Second, you have to realize where you are now. And third, you need to develop a strategy that takes you from where you are now to your goal. To make growth happen, self-reflection and assessment are essential keys. New Year’s Eve is the time most of us look back and evaluate, but it really is hard to appraise one whole year in a just a few hours. That’s just a lazy and shortsighted shortcut. You didn’t get this way overnight and you can’t assess it in just a few hours.
Today, you have a day off, so take time to invest in yourself. Write down who you want to be on 1/1/12. Be very descriptive about your spiritual, emotional, relational and thinking world. Then commit to 15-30 minutes per day for the next month for 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 quickly, efficiently, and deeply assess yourself and bring dramatic, powerful growth to all areas of your life.
Dear Father God, You are so Holy and amazing, and I am in awe. Thank You for not giving up on me, a sinner, and actually wanting to come alongside me, bear my yoke, be my Counselor, and grow me to be more 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, your instruction, and the understanding of who You are to transform my mind and life. I pray in the name of the one who started this transformational 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