January 1, 2013
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 came 9/11 and the crash of the economy. Wow! Can’t believe a dozen years have blown by so fast.
Here and there we are bored and time seems to pass so slowly, but I’ve never met anyone who really thinks time has passes slowly. But here is the key concept for today, the only thing we are guaranteed in this world (assuming the Rapture doesn’t happen yet) is this … Time Passes! Unless you die, time methodically marches on. And as we’ve noted … time is moving very quickly, stopping for no one.
So applying this given about time to our lives: we are guaranteed that January 1, 2014 will come, and actually be here very quickly. I’m just preparing you for the inevitable truth. Now comes the question you need to ask yourself, “Do I want to be the same person, in the same position, shoes, state of mind, level of psychological and spiritual maturity on Jan. 1, 2014 that I am in now? Do I want to have the same degree of impact on family, friends, and society? Or do I want more from myself and life?”
We all want to grow. In fact, God commands us to mature … to go from milk to solid food. Staying the same isn’t an option. If you aren’t going forward and growing, then you are going backward. Life is much easier and way more fulfilling when we are growing in God and life.
First, growth starts when you set a goal. Second, to get to your destination, you have to realize where you are starting from. 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 and copout. Think about it, you didn’t get this way overnight, so you can’t assess it and adequately troubleshoot it in just a few hours.
Today, most of you have a day off, so take time to invest in yourself. Write down who you want to be on 1/1/14. Be very descriptive about your spiritual, emotional, relational and thinking world. Then commit to a practice of setting aside just 15-20 minutes per day for the next month for serious self-reflection/assessment and some concrete journaling. Your return on this small investment will be truly life changing. You see, this was one of the first steps of my life transformation. 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. 1/1/14: being more or staying the same, is your decision, so choose well.
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 then actually coming alongside me, to 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 say – 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. Philippians 1:6
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, Ephesians 4:1
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. James 1:23-25
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