By Karen Polich
A new year brings the excitement of possibilities. The anticipation is energizing. What do you want to accomplish? What needs do you have? Make 2016 great with three simple things.
God first. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
Life is full. The demands of our responsibilities and the choices we face can keep us busy, if not overwhelmed. Put God first in every area and watch as He moves in your life. Dig into the Word, making time with Him a priority. His abundance will seep into every circumstance. If you haven’t already, join a small group. Get connected with others focused on God. Spend time in prayer. Be intentional about your relationship with God.
Rest. Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him. Psalm 62:5
Study after study shows we are most productive when we get proper rest, yet our culture continues to applaud those burning the candle at both ends. Created to glorify God, our best isn’t available without proper care and rest. Do you need to go to bed earlier? Try adding thirty minutes of sleep each night and see what happens. Do something to relax. Enjoying a hobby can boost your energy. Carve out the time you need to have a well-rested body and mind.
Gratitude. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. I Chronicles 16:34
Take the time to be thankful for God’s blessings. Stop today and give thanks for His blessings in the past year. Be intentional about gratitude this year. Keep a list of three things you are thankful for each day. Serving others brings huge amounts of gratitude into your life. Give your time to others by volunteering or through simple acts of kindness. Gratitude keeps the negatives of this world in perspective. Gratitude creates abundance, helping us see the needs of others around us.
What will you make of 2016? Focus on God will bring transformation that is better than any resolution or goal. Will you allow God access to your life like never before?