We are at the starting line of 2023. Your feet have just left the blocks. It’s time to set your stride and focus on the goal. Don’t look at the runners around you, look toward finishing strong, doing your best, and simply running your own race.
Have you mentally and emotionally made ready for the year ahead? Have you set a yearly goal or two? Reading through God’s Word. Learning a new skill. Improving your health. It’s time to do this. Find a moment before you go to bed tonight and settle on one simple goal you are willing to commit to this year. Or maybe a dozen?
Yes, you heard correctly. Short term goals are sometimes easier to keep. So think about setting twelve monthly goals, things like, cooking at home every night or trying a new recipe each day, meditating for 20 minutes a day, using a language app daily, going for a daily run… often short term goals become habits and you may find yourself still doing some of them come December.
You need to have a plan.
To read the Bible each day you need to pick a version of the Bible you are going to read and a printed or online daily Bible reading plan.
To get fit, you may need to plan to add the expense of a trainer into your budget or buy some light weights and bands if you can’t spend quite so much.
To cook at home daily, pull out your recipe books and plan your first week’s meals and make a grocery list.
Most important things won’t just happen by accident. We must be intentional.
What plan are you willing to commit to?
You can do this! I can do this! We must hold ourselves accountable. We can hold each other accountable too; some things work better if we have a buddy who has similar goals.
Keep the Nike slogan in mind: Just Do It! When you’re tired and really don’t want too, do it anyway. Post that memory verse on your mirror or make it your wallpaper on your phone or computer where you can review it every day. Support and write to that Compassion child each month; you are changing a life! Water that dying plant and tend it faithfully and watch it grow and flourish. Train for that marathon without missing a day. Scripture says, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” (Ecc. 9:10)
Whether it is memorizing scripture or learning to sew, you have to make a mental commitment, make a plan for how you will faithfully carry out your commitment, then take that all important step and do it! And IF you miss a day, or fail, it’s not a big deal. God gives us a fresh start each morning, a do-over!
Change is not a dirty word. Change is good. Discipline is not a dirty word. Discipline is good. Don’t let this year of life just tick by. Live with purpose. Be intentional.