Jan5FriJanuary 5, 20182018 is here already, can you believe it? As I reflect on 2017, it was a great year! I feel like I learned a lot and grew in many ways over the past year, and I am expecting more in the New Year.
As I think about some new goals for the New Year I start with centering my life around my relationship with the Lord. In Matthew 6:33 it says, “But seek first His (God’s) kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” When my priorities in life are right, then my life will be right. Another goal to go along with this is to live each day to its full. In Matthew 6:34 it says, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” In the New Year I want to live life each day to its full.
The second goal I have for the New Year is to celebrate life each day. Life should be a celebration everyday. In Philippians 4:4 it says, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” In Psalm 118:24 it says, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Each day of life deserves to be celebrated, so go ahead and enjoy each day of life. Let’s laugh and love often.
The third goal for the New Year is to venture out and make some new goals, and try some new things. One thing I want to do in the New Year is to read through the entire Bible. In Hebrews 4:12 it says, “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” I also want to pray more. In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 it says, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I also want to take better care of my body by exercising more, eating right, and getting plenty of rest. In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 it says, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” I also want to rest in the Lord knowing that I can place my stress, anxiety, and problems in His hands, and then He will help to lighten my emotional load. In Matthew 11:28-30 it says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
I am also excited about making some new goals for our youth ministry in the New Year. I have learned a lot in 2017, and I am looking forward in continuing to build our youth ministry to higher levels in 2018. It’s going to be a great year in 2018!
Excited about the New Year!
Youth Man Matt