New Beginnings

If you and a friend walk out into a field, each with a rifle, and one of you said, “I bet I’m a better shot than you. Let’s start shooting and see who can hit something.” Of course, that would be ridiculous, but don’t we often approach life exactly like that?

Now, if you said to your friend, “I think I’m a better shot than you.” Then, put up a target with a bulls-eye on a tree 15 to 20 yards away, then you both will soon have no doubt who is the better shot. Why?—because, you now have the means to measure results.

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.” —Psalm 23:6

When was the last time you sat down in the quiet and asked God what He wants for your life? What if you handed Him “the steering wheel”? What would happen? What could happen?

As you stand at the brink of a new year, what do you think God would want to happen in your life this year? What would you need to do to cooperate with Him? What might need to change? Who would help you achieve it? Who might keep you from it?

tight-groupTake a few minutes now to write out some reasonable goals you have for the coming year. Writing things down helps make them real and not just conceptual.

This could be the best year of your life. Your choices will be a major part of determining that reality.

Write down your goals, hand them over to God, and look to Him this year like never before.

ALMIGHTY GOD, I want to give You this year. I don’t know what’s ahead, but You do. So guide me. Lead me. I surrender my goals to You, as You help me through each day.

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