“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain
It’s a new year meaning it is time for millions of Americans to make resolutions and set goals for the year. Some of us will aspire to lose weight while others will vow to save money or reestablish an old relationship. Of the nearly 40% of Americans who said they would make a New Year’s Resolution only 8% achieve their goal. In reality a new year is just a continuation of the previous year. The same issues, debts, worries, and fears you had last year will be with you in the New Year. The only way to truly start anew is to make a conscious decision to change your thinking and renew your mind.
Here are 5 Tips to making your 2014 your best year yet:
1) Renew Your Mind: Start each day reading Romans 12:2; “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” If you go into the New Year with the same stinking thinking you had last year you will continue to declare and speak negatively, debt, fear, depression, loneliness, etc. into your life. Change the way you think and you’ll change the way you speak and one you change the way you speak you see a real change in your life. Always put God first in your thinking.
2) Be of Service to Others: Remember John 14:13-17; “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” Let this be the year you go above and beyond for others, use Jesus as your example and serve others albeit in your church, school, or community. The more you serve others the more gratification you will receive.
3) Fix a Broken Relationship: God gave us people to help us along the way during our spiritual journey. Some people are in our life for a season while others were meant to be there for our lifetime. Don’t disregard the people God has placed in your life for a lifetime. If you have a broken relationship with a friend or family member let this be the year you reconnect.
4) Take A Chance: They say the hardest step in a thousand mile journey is the first one. We all have dreams, goals, ambitions, etc. but are often scared to fulfill them because of the fear of failure. Do not let fear keep you from achieving your God given destiny. God will never bring you to a place without giving you all you need to succeed. So take a chance, move to a new city, go back to school, find a new job, give God the opportunity to show you just how great his purpose for your life is.
5) Take Time out for You: We often get so caught up in our day to day lives that we often forget to take some time out for ourselves. Treat yourself to a nice dinner, take yourself on a vacation, enjoy the people around you, take care of your body, buy yourself the shoes, sleep in, and remember that Jesus said he came so that we may have life more abundantly. So in 2014, take a little time out for yourself and seek the abundant life Jesus promises.
I am really excited for what God is going to do in your life in 2014! Remember to put God first in all you do, renew your mind daily, be of service to others, fix a broken relationship, take a chance, and take time out for yourself in this New Year and watch God work. Be Blessed!