Philippians 3:13-14, Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Isaiah 43:18-19, Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
Habakkuk 2:2-3, And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. 3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. We have about three weeks before the New Year.
As 2015 comes to a close and we get ready to enter the New Year more often than not, the vast majority of us are hoping and praying for a better and more productive year. But a better and more productive year-a year where we get closer to God, our spouse, our children, get more accomplished for God, and for others-for the most part, isn’t going to happen by accident.
We need to prayerfully, purposefully, plan ahead, and we need to pencil it in. In other words, we need to write it down!!!
As we have mentioned in previous posts, as we are praying, planning, and preparing for a New Year we need to have a good idea what we would like to accomplish, what we believe God would have us accomplish. But we must not stop there ….
We need to write it down!
It’ll take some work, but if we are going to have a better 2016 than 2015 was; if we are going to become more and accomplish more in 2016 than 2015, we are going to have to pay the price. John Maxwell wrote: “The problem is that we want the rewards of success without paying the price.” Isn’t that the truth?
Been there, done that!
Maxwell also wrote:
“I believe there are two ingredients necessary to make every day a masterpiece: decisions and discipline. They are like two sides of the same coin; you could call them ‘goal setting’ and ‘goal getting.’ … The way you live your life today is preparing you for your tomorrow. The question is, What are you preparing for? Are you grooming yourself for success or failure? … The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda. If you make a few key decisions and then manage them well in your daily agenda, you will succeed.”
One of the many disciplines that will help us to have a good 2016 is to take some time each day over the next 20 days to pause, pray, and ponder on the upcoming year. But we shouldn’t stop there. We cannot stop there. We mustn’t stop there!
We need to write it down!
“When opportunity comes, it’s too late to prepare.” – John Wooden
Just reflecting on the upcoming New Year!