This Year Ask God for His Plan!
‘I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord … Jeremiah 29:11
God says, ‘I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you…plans to give you hope and a future…pray to me, and I will listen to you’ (vv. 11-12 NIV).
This year ask God for His plan. It’s miserable playing a part for which you’re ill-suited. It’s like walking in shoes that don’t fit.
So…what are you good at? What do you enjoy doing most? What accomplishments make you feel best? List five moments in your life when you were acutely aware of this feeling of fulfilment. Does this reveal anything about your purpose?
If money wasn’t a consideration, how would you fill your days? How does this compare with where you are now? What one small step can you take right now – one phone call made, one letter written, one email sent – to move you towards your true calling? What have you learned about your purpose through failure? Are some areas clearly not a part of your calling at all?
Who do you admire for the way they’ve applied their talents? Why are you like them? What can you learn from them? How would you describe your vision for your life this year? Or five years from now? Or ten?
Who are the people in your life who really get who you are? Have you asked them what they think your purpose might be? Have they given any indication of how they think you should use your talents?
If you could write your own obituary, what would you want it to say? What would you like to be remembered for? As you begin the New Year, ask God for His plan.
Gen 1-3, Matt 1
TODAY’S WORD FOR TODAY 1st January 2016. The above Daily Reading was taken from UCB – online. You can also hear it on their Radio Station, or order a FREE copy of their devotional magazine to be sent to your home, in the UK.
What’s Your Vision for This Year?
‘Where there is no vision, the people perish.’ Proverbs 29:18
What are you planning to do with this New Year?
What you set your heart on will determine how you spend your time and energy. And it takes as much effort to live an unfulfilled life as a richly rewarding one.
Some scientists have recently estimated that the human brain has between 10 and 100 terabytes of capacity, which means we all have lots of room for growth.
One of the most rewarding things you can do this year is work to develop your mind. ‘Where there is no vision [sense of direction], the people perish.’
Dissatisfaction doesn’t come from the absence of things, but the absence of direction. Too many of us merely exist because we’ve settled for less than God intended. The quality of your life will be determined by your vision and the effort you’re willing to put into fulfilling it.
So stop and make a written list of the areas where you’d like to grow this year, then tackle the three or four most important ones. Don’t get discouraged if the one you’re working on doesn’t want to co-operate; nothing great is ever created suddenly.
Paul said of his faith, ‘I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 3:14 ESV). It’s a process; you have to keep plugging away.
Some days it’ll feel like two steps forward and three steps backward. But don’t give up. It’s better to die for something than to live for nothing! And unless you try something beyond what you’ve already mastered, you won’t grow. So what are you waiting for?
Life? It’s waiting for you – so get going!
Gen 4-6, Matt 2
TODAY’S WORD FOR TODAY 2nd January 2016. The above Daily Reading was taken from UCB – online. You can also hear it on their Radio Station, or order a FREE copy of their devotional magazine to be sent to your home, in the UK.
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