Our theme for this month: “A New Year, A New Beginning”
Our Bible verse for today: “For which of you, wanting to build a tower, doesn’t first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?” Luke 14:28 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Make a plan, get going, and stick with it.”
All this month we’ve been considering New Year’s resolutions we could make to help improve some aspect of our lives that need a little improvement. We’ve thought about things like diet and exercise, finances, spiritual growth, and relationships. There are many more categories we could have addressed but we just didn’t have the time.
Hopefully you have a short list of resolutions, and so now it’s time to come up with a plan. Good intentions are nice, but success will be determined by how good your plan is and how closely you stick to it. In Luke 14:28 Jesus made reference to the fact that having a good plan to guide you as you strive to accomplish your objective is simply a matter of common sense.
Throughout the month I’ve suggested numerous resources that would be good guides and which can serve as your plan. A nutrition guide becomes your guide for eating. A workout plan keeps you on track for exercising. A Bible reading plan, regular church attendance, and a commitment to ministry activities will help you with your spiritual growth.
A good plan is essential. Visualize what it is you want to accomplish, compare that to where you are now, and then ask yourself, “What steps do I need to take to lead me from where I am now to where I want to be?” Then write them down. That progressive sequence of steps is your plan. Now just get going and keep walking it forward one step at a time, one day at a time.
If you make a plan and stick with it by this time next year you will have made significant improvement in the areas of your life that needed some work. So, I encourage you to make a plan, get going, and stick with it.