When I look back over the past year, I can’t help but be thankful. There were a lot of struggles and there were several not-so-good moments. But there were so many lessons that I learned that have made me a better person, and have definitely encouraged me as I look forward to 2018. I may not have all the answers yet, but I do know that changes and improvements are coming. John Wooden eloquently states it:
“Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books – especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.”
A new year is an opportunity for change, but in truth any change can be made at any time. You can choose today to read your Bible again, you can choose today to fix your relationship with your partner or your kids, you can choose today to make better food choices, or you can choose today to let it all go and step into the plan that God has for your life. As Jeremiah 29:10a-13 says:
“”I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again. For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.””
I encourage you to listen to the plans God has for your life in this new year. What changes or additions will you make to your life this year, especially in regards to the spiritual aspects?