Tomorrow is the start of the New Year and hopefully by now you have set some goals for yourself for the year of the Lord 2012. These are not New Year’s resolutions as the majority of them never get out of the starting gate. I am talking about goals – things you really want to change in yourself and achieve in the new year. And, hopefully by now, you have actually thought through a plan as to how you will achieve these goals and changes.
There is the old proverb that states, “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it.” It would be such a waste, as a believer, to aim at nothing. In 2012 there are people to impact with the Gospel, churches that need planting, believers who need to be discipled, neighborhoods that need the Kingdom’s presence, and people who need to be loved. As disciples of the Lord each and every one of us has a call on our lives to “go into all the world” and be change agents in the nations of the world.
There is the old proverb that states, “If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always gotten.” I quote it frequently. I just can’t believe how many people continue to do what they have always done and expect the outcome to be different this time. Isn’t that the definition of stupidity? So, in 2012 what is it that you are going the change and do differently? What goals have you set that will help you to make the needed changes in your character, your daily timetable, your relationship with the Lord, your impact on your world, and your love for yourself? What are you going to do differently?
My prayer for you is that you will take the time to examine your life and your world and that you will then set some decent and measureable goals for yourself that will help bring about life-change in 2012. First changes in your life and then, through you, changes in your world as you impact those you know.
May 2012 be a year when you take time to examine your life on a regular basis because as an ancient philosopher once stated, “An unexamined life is not worth living” (Plato).