Happy New Year

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Like so many others, the new year brings to my mind thoughts of making resolutions … and broken resolutions. What exactly is the point of setting new goals when they are only recycled from the year before? “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again,” in my life at least, can mean try again and again and again and well, you get the picture.

As 2014 begins, my heart longs to exit the revolving door of broken resolutions and forsaken goals. But how? Over the past few days, God has been guiding me toward a new way of looking at new beginnings.

Pray. Spending time talking with God is always important. However, don’t just talk. Listen. Let Him guide your goals. It’s great to have aspirations, but are your goals aligned with what He wants for your life right now?

Study the Bible. God’s Word truly is the instruction manual for our lives. Do your goals contradict God’s teachings, or do they mirror His will?

Worship and Submit. Reflect upon the awesomeness of our Creator. Give your entire heart to Him. If your one and only resolution this year is to devote every aspect of your life to God, then everything else will fall into place.

Ours is the God of second chances. We don’t need a new year to make a new start. Although He will give us the strength to follow His will – we are human. We make mistakes. We stumble and fall. So if we do start off the new year strong in making changes but trip along the way, that is no reason to quit. Maybe this year’s resolution will be to keep going, even if we have to start over and over again. God’s always there to pick us up, brush us off, and continue to guide us through this journey called life.

“Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.” Psalm 37:4-5

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