Exercise routines, money management, making healthy eating and lifestyle choices, choosing not to get overwhelmed by the urgent, honing gifts and talents, spending quality time with loved ones and seeking God more. The list goes on of what we want our lives and year to look like. Yet now is the time many people have either given up or have allowed their focus to slip, on what they wanted this new year to look like.
Which is why having a plan that we consistently stick to is so important. For the person we disappoint or lie to the most if we fail to stay the course is ourselves. If we don’t stick to the plan and seek to fulfill who we were made to be we can end up not believing even in ourselves any more. Which is exactly what God doesn’t want to have happen. He knows the plans He has for us and they are filled with hope, goodness and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).
So today I wanted to encourage you to hold steady. Work your plan, change it up if you need to. Do what you can do and God will help you all the way. Each day is a new day fresh with God’s grace, mercy, strength and joy. Each day is a new opportunity to work on our goals and vision.
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)
I find it helpful to: 1. Write down my goals and what I’m praying for at the start of everyday. We become what we think and focus on the most. I have a vision board and photo of it on my phone as a visual prompt and reminder. Writing and visualizing my goals and dreams helps to bring clarity, and clarity brings results. I’m daily reminded of what’s important, able to renew my focus and it give direction to my day.
2. Schedule in at least 20 minutes to work on those things you dream about becoming. 20 mins exercise towards fitness, 20 mins reading a book to enhance your skills and knowledge in an area, 20 mins reading Gods word to know Him more. 20 mins quality time with your spouse or kids, 20 mins decluttering, 20 mins writing that book you want to publish, 20 mins practicing a talent to make it a skill. 20 mins towards becoming the best version of you.
Over a month 20 mins every day adds up to 10 hours. What can you do and work on to become in 10 hours this month?
I encourage you to hold steady, fix your focus firmly ahead, and with God’s help and empowering continue to run your race well. You can do it!
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me “. (Philippians 4:13)
“Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.” (Prov 4:25)
‘Making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” (Prov 2:25)
Prayer: Lord thank you for you are always with me. Please help me to make the most of each day as I continue to pursue all that you have for me. In Jesus name Amen