Five Thoughts On Starting The New Year

– by Michelle Du Toit

See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” – Ephesians 5:15-16

The secret of moving forward is to know where you are going and where you are now. Taking the time to think about our lives, will give us the insight on how to start the new year. It is a wise approach to life. So here are five thoughts I would consider: 1 – Is my routine contributing to a purposeful, meaningful daily experience? A good routine can be liberating and comforting (structures put into place that we know are good for us.) It allows us to free our minds and thinking to focus on the more important matters of life. 2 – Do I have a balanced approach to life? If balance is avoiding extremes, have I lost balance? Even good things are harmful to us if pursued in the extreme, so where in my life do I need to examine balance? 

3 – Am I living with purpose? Am I still clear about what the purpose of my life is and am I living in line with that purpose? It is so easy to start moving in a certain direction and then forget why one started out in that direction. What is the purpose of the life I am living now? 4 – Do I have a personal code that I am living my life from? Often, we don’t make resolutions: personal decisions where we resolve to direct our lives in a certain way. Am I making decisions based on what I believe is right for my life, based on my own personal code of value decisions? Do I need to revisit some areas of my life? 5 – Finally, am I making plans for my life? There is a real temptation to not bother making plans, but failure to plan is the root cause of failure. It is important to have a plan for how we will spend the time of this year. More importantly, am I making these plans in partnership with the Lord?

JOY! Magazine (January 2018)

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