I’m at the place I need glasses for night driving. But the best glasses don’t help if I don’t know where I’m headed. I want to know my destination before I take off. This is especially true when I travel abroad. I plan before I pack my suitcase.
A year is a lap in the journey of life. Bible teacher and author Ken Boa pointed out that most of us spend more time preparing for a week’s vacation than we spend planning the direction of our lives. The beginning of a new year is a good time to review our lives and consider where our habits are taking us in life.
One sage said, “Aim at nothing and you will hit it every time.” The Apostle Paul did not run aimlessly (1 Cor.9:26). We too need a clear aim.
6 Tips for Clearer Vision in 2020
- Ask God for a verse. Having a scripture to ponder throughout a period of time keeps me centered. Sometimes it is a phrase from a verse. Romans 15:13 (NIV) is a favorite of mine.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Seeing how joy, peace, and hope come “as you trust in Him” helps me adjust my focus when those qualities wane in me. Proverbs 31:25 ( NASB) is another good verse for me.
Strength and dignity are her clothing, And she smiles at the future”
- Fast-forward to the end of 2020. What do you want to change this year? What does God want to see transformed in you? Consider such areas as your family, spiritual development, career, personal growth, finances, and ministry. Take time to dream with the Lord (Ephes. 3:20).
- Work backwards. What small changes need to begin now to get you where you want to be? You may want to create daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly steps or check points to help you stay on course. Be realistic yet set aims that inspire faith and joy.
- Write it down. Did you know that writing your goals statistically increases the likelihood you will reach them? Do you want to spend more quality time with your spouse? Consider writing down when and how you plan to incorporate that into your life. Do you want to read certain books? List them.
- Pray about your desires. Ask God to open doors, instruct, and lead you this year.
Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it” (Ps. 37:5 NASB).
- Partner with someone. I find having one or more prayer partners or journey mates an invaluable source of encouragement and light on my journey (Eccles. 4:9-12).
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We can’t see all this year holds, but if our aim is to walk with God and please Him, we will! Through His strength, regardless of the circumstances we encounter, we will experience joy and hope. The One who writes our story will be our guide if we seek Him.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).
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Do you have a tip to help start the New Year right?