Dear Friends in Christ,
What is in store for you in 2016? No matter what the pollsters, pundits, and prognosticators claim, no one can accurately predict all that is going to happen in the next 365 days. So if our future is uncertain, how should we proceed into the New Year? Rick Warren suggests three timeless principles for facing your future:
1. INCLUDE GOD IN YOUR GOAL-SETTING – Frankly, it is unwise to make plans without consulting God first. God is the only one who DOES know the future – and God’s eager to guide you through it. The Bible says, “We may make our plans, but God has the last word, (Proverbs 16:1). In other words, planning without praying is presumption. Start by praying, “God, what do YOU want me to do in 2016?”
2. LIVE ONE DAY AT A TIME – While you can plan for tomorrow, you can’t live it until it arrives. Most people spend so much time regretting the past and worrying about the future, they have no time to enjoy today! The songwriter John Lennon once wrote, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” Decide to make the most of each moment this year. Jesus said, “Don’t be anxious about tomorrow – God will take care of your tomorrows. Live one day at a time.” (Matthew 6:34).
3. DON’T PROCRASTINATE – DO IT NOW! – “Don’t boast about what you’re going to do tomorrow, for you don’t know what a day may bring forth.” (Proverbs 27:1). Procrastinating is a subtle trap. It wastes today by postponing things until tomorrow. You promise yourself that you’ll do it “one of these days”. But “one of these days” is usually “none of these days.”
Each New Year brings new possibilities – opportunities for growth. These are exciting times to be follower of Jesus. I believe God is preparing us all for a mighty movement of his hand in our district. I don’t know a better time for each of us to recommit ourselves to Jesus Christ and his purpose for our lives. I’m doing it and I hope you will too!
Happy New Year!