Memo to self at the beginning of a new year:
This is going to be a good year. You have just come through a period of both rejoicing and reflection, but it is time to move on. If you want the new year to be good, even great, I suggest you do the following:
First, take care of yourself. This means that you are going to have to exercise, see your doctor and chiropractor on a regular basis, take your medications, get enough sleep, and eat right. I know that doesn’t sound too exciting, but we know what happens when you don’t, right?
Second, love your family and friends. These are the people that God has placed into your life to both encourage and challenge you. They have an investment in you and you in them. Take it seriously and enjoy the present.
Third, be intentional about personal and professional growth. Although you may have good intentions, “sharpening the ax” does not happen without commitment. Read both in areas you enjoy and some that may stretch you a bit. Take a course or two in person or online to learn some new skills. Try something new—a new place to visit, a new hobby, or an unfamiliar experience. Even if you hate it, you will learn that you don’t want to try that again!
Fourth, find and support a cause that will make a difference in the world. I have a feeling that more of those are going to emerge in the coming days, so get involved. You may be the one to make a difference.
Fifth, remember to spend time with God. You have been reading the Bible for years, but I imagine that the Spirit of God will speak through your life experiences and give you new insight on some familiar passages. Lift up your needs and those of others to God, but begin with praise and linger to listen.
Sixth, and this may take care of the previous five:
"He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.--Micah 6:8, NIV