HAPPY NEW YEAR!
2019 is history! At the end of every year, it’s always hard believing another year has come and gone. I’m not sure what this past year entailed for you. But, I bet it’s pretty safe to say that there were some ups and downs. Some good and some bad. That’s life isn’t it?
Regardless of whether or not we’re ready for 2020, it’s upon us! So let’s face it. With renewed strength. Uplifted spirits! Positive attitudes! And joyous hearts! Thankful that we’ve been blessed with another day! With another opportunity to chase our dreams. With the chance to spend more time with those we love!
In 2020, God is “going to do immeasurably more than we can imagine or fathom!” Do you believe it? I DO!
My 2020 Focus
In 2019, I focused on 1) Asking for Help & 2) Being decisive / Taking Action.
Here’s what I’m choosing to focus on in 2020:
- Constant Contact
A focus on relationships is what I mean by this. We so often get bogged down doing things that we neglect what truly matters. People. Our relationships. After all we’re human beings, not human doings. I do believe that life’s about relationships. But my actions often don’t reflect that.
I want to spend more time this year purposefully and consistently connecting with others. Reaching out just because. Not for any other reason than just to say hey. To tell them I love them. To let them know that I was thinking about them.
Sometimes, it’s the small things that make the greatest impact. How good does it make you feel when your friends or family call or text to check in on you? So good, right!?!? We’re all fighting battles. And this small act of kindness is something we can all do to lift, encourage, and love on our brothers and sisters.
For me this means not letting excuses or discouragement stop me from chasing the dreams God’s put in my heart. I’m not good at following up. Or asking for help. And I can easily give in to the battle that wages war in my mind.
Continuing on from my theme last year with regards to asking for help, this year I will push through the doubt, pain, and difficulty like never before. Knowing that obstacles don’t block the path. They are the path!
We all want what we want NOW. But everything worthwhile takes time. And is hard. We must remind ourselves this coming year, over and over and over again, that it takes hard work, perseverance and time. There are no quick fixes. Or shortcuts. We must put the work in! We must discipline ourselves to do the right things day in and day out, week in and week out, year in and year out.
As a follower of Jesus, one of my focuses every year, is to actually follow Jesus. He’s my Lord and Savior. Knowing Him and honoring Him is my life mission.
I want to know Him more completely! I want to experience His love, power, grace and glory in deeper ways! I want to trust Him when it doesn’t make sense. I want to live a life that looks like it’s actually empowered by the Holy Spirit. And I know that in order to do that, I simply just need to spend more time with Him. And that’s the plan.
If I could give you one piece of advice or encouragement for 2020, it would be to spend more time with Jesus! Talking to Him. Reading His Word. Talk about transforming your life. It’s the greatest thing that any of us can do.
It’s Gunna Be A Big Year.
“We make our thoughts and our thoughts make us.
What will you choose to believe?”
Choose to believe that great things are coming. Put the work in. Make a plan. Create a vision. Learn and grow and never stop! Surround yourself with others who believe in you. Friends and loved ones who will lift you up.
Show others grace. And yes, absolutely, show yourself grace.
And know that no matter where you are, or what you do, or what you have done, that the Creator and Sustainer of the universe loves you more than you can fathom!
2020 is YOUR year! It’s OUR year!
It’s a new day. A new month. A new year. And it can be a new you too! If you choose.
GET AFTER IT!
Be bold. Be brave. Keep the faith!
(PS: If you like this article and want to get my future posts emailed straight to your inbox, subscribe HERE. Promise not to spam you—ever!)