How do you view life?
What is your vision for 2020? Where do you want to go this year? These are great questions that should be asked by every Christian.
Most Christians are reacting to what the world is doing and saying. They just live life day-by-day, just dealing with whatever life sends them. If it is a tragedy, they let that define them. If it is something good or unexpected, then they respond accordingly. The problem with this kind of living is that it’s based on things I can’t control. Things that I will never control are controlling my life. This is not living life on purpose or intentionally.
Jesus demonstrated a life that was completely on purpose and with intent. He had things that happened to Him that He didn’t choose for Himself. He just simply stayed on point.
If you want to have a year that you look back on and celebrate, there are a few intentional things that you need to do.
Number one: See where you are going. What kind of a person do you want to be? What kind of life do you want to live? Only you can decide for yourself. A lot of people blame others for the way they are, but only you can decide for you. Things happen beyond your control, but you don’t have to let them define your life and who you are.
Number two: Be consistent in small steps. Daily routines that help you get where you want to go are a must. Most people want God to do a miracle (which He does) without any discipline on their part. Discipline and self-control are fruits of the Spirit. God wants you to make choices every day to get better. For example: if I want to be a person that knows God, I must then choose to read His Word and talk to Him daily. It’s the daily routines that put us in a position for the miraculous to happen. It is a daily routine of positive steps that make our year a positive experience.
Number three: Everything that we do, do it with excellence. I would like to define excellence. It is being the best you that you can be. Don’t compare yourself to others. You are not required to be better than everybody else. You are asked by the Lord to be the best you that you can be. Do business with what you have been given. Whatever you do, do it to the glory of the Lord. That means to do the best. God all in doesn’t have any regrets. That’s why you can’t do everything; but what you choose to do, do with excellence.
Number four and lastly: Trust. Trust in the Lord and leave the results to Him. I will go where He leads, but the results are up to Him. Remember, you don’t have all the information. Just know He will get you where you need to be.
Have a fantastic year!