During the Christmas Holidays I took a trip down memory lane. I love looking at old family photos. They remind me of my heritage and give me hope for the future.
I love this picture of the men in my family: my great grandpa, William Henry Miller; my grandpa, Sanford Paris Miller; my dad, Roger Paris Miller; and me, Richard Paris Miller.
Here is a picture of my great-great grandparents, Phillip Snyder Miller and Rosa Ann Miller.
This picture is of my great grandpa, Abraham Zeller Phillips.
Looking at these pictures reminded me of what James 4:14 says, “How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.”
Life is short but life is also filled with meaning and purpose. God created you for a reason. You matter to God. You are not an accident so make your life count! Don’t waste your life. You only have so many days on this planet. Make this year the best year of your life by living your life for God’s purpose. I believe there are a few things you can do to position yourself to make this the best year ever.
1. Live deliberately.
The only true way to have a great year is to live for a purpose. Purpose-driven living gives meaning to our existence. Learn to live by the “why” rather than the “what.” Many people simply focus on making a living but God wants to empower you to build a life by living for his purpose. Make your goal this year to live for God’s purpose and build a relationship with Jesus Christ.
2. Grow your faith.
The Bible tells us that God honors our faith. Before you can ever have a good year you must believe in the possibilities. This is more than wishful thinking. It is faith thinking. Just imagine what your life would be like if you really believed that God could change you and your circumstances. Positive thinking does not necessarily lead to faith but faith leads to positive thinking
3. Learn from the past but don’t live there.
I believe that we should learn from our past. It is important to remember your history and where you came from; however, living in the past clouds your future. God has promised to forgive and redeem you through the finished work of Jesus Christ. He gives us hope and a future. Just because you have failed in the past does not mean that you can’t have success in the future. Learn from your past but don’t set up a residence there.
4. Write down your plan.
Writing your goals helps you accomplish them. I encourage you to write them so that you have regular access to them. Here are a few things to remember when writing your goals for this year:
· Set inspiring goals. Remember that you must live by the why – the great purpose of your life. Your goals should stretch you but not break you.
· Be specific. Make sure that you set goals that are precise and measurable. I want to lose weight is not specific and measurable. I want to lose 20 pounds by May 1st is quantifiable and precise.
· Follow the steps. Once you have set your goal make a specific plan to follow it. Follow those steps regularly and you will achieve it. For example, if you set a goal to read the entire New Testament in 2016, then you need to follow a plan. Find a good tool to help you, like www.youversion.com. Set a time to read daily, find a quiet place, and follow the reading plan and you will reach your goal.
· Review it regularly. This critical step can make the difference between success and failure. Make sure to review it every day. You might put it in your phone and read it every morning when you wake up. Or put it on your nightstand and scan it every night before you go to bed. Put it on your refrigerator or in your car. Seeing it daily will inspire and empower you.
I believe this year can be your greatest year ever if you position yourself for growth. Lets make 2016 great!