I can’t believe that 2023 is almost over. Time is moving so fast that there’s no time to waste. Take this moment now to look at the New Year and choose to Start Again.
Starting again can be momentous in taking that first step. But it’s also an opportunity to do better, be better, and apply what we’ve learned along the way. There’s no doubt that I’ve benefited from the chance to Start Again.
If you’ve been born again, you’ve experienced this in the totality of your life. Jesus makes all things new and gives a clean beginning to who we are and what we can be.
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”2 Corinthians 5:17
Are you born again?
If not, please receive Jesus as your Savior and Lord and move forward in living His way through the power of the Holy Spirit. This is the best life for you and your family.
Jesus gives us the chance to Start Again and to have life and life more abundantly. This is the born-again experience and through Him, we can start again this new year.
Jesus is the answer and has the wisdom for you to excel and see it happen. This is not fantasy or a pipe dream, this is living through faith and believing that God can do anything in our lives.
So, this coming year is our moment to Start Again and do some things differently for a better outcome. We must remember that God has a plan for our lives and the enemy has a plot. God has promises for our lives and the enemy has propaganda. God is the truth for our lives and the enemy is the father of all lies.
Deciphering this is so important as we walk through this coming year because we’ll have good days and bad ones. We’ll have surprises and blessings but through it all, we can Start Again and see God do amazing things.
Furthermore, this year can be the best year of our lives as we Start Again. God’s idea of our lives is that we increase year by year, moving closer to Him.
“The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.”Proverbs 4:18
Notice the way of God for our lives gets brighter and brighter. This is another reason why I believe, the best is yet to come!
So here are three things we can do to Start Again.
1st – Inspect what you expect.
I believe it’s vital we take time and think through what we’ve done, what we’ve experienced, and what we have received from it. To inspect 2023 is to look at what worked and what didn’t. It’s being honest with what we’ve done and where we are.
This is needed because if we’re going to expect something better and different, we need to inspect where we are and what we’ve done, so we can change it.
Taking time to think through this and being honest with ourselves is huge for us to grow and see our lives get better.
So please take time to inspect what you expect and move forward.
2nd – Have sustainable next steps.
Once you inspect what you expect, you gain clarity of what’s next and what you want to be different. So, we need to have sustainable next steps so we can Start Again and follow through on it.
This could be our diet, working out, managing our money, growing in our relationships, getting closer to God, and more.
All of us have something, which is why we need sustainable next steps and have it be a reality.
The key is to make them sustainable so they are attainable.
This is one reason why resolutions often fail—they lack sustainable steps. God encourages day-by-day growth and sets a pace for us. By embracing sustainable next steps and consistently walking them out, we open doors to significant opportunities.
Please take time and map out sustainable next steps for this year. I’ll also add to include a trusted person to help keep you accountable with these next steps for the daily grind that’s coming.
You can do this with Jesus!
3rd – Have clear goals.
Sustainable next steps have focus when they are directed towards clear goals.
Clear goals help give purpose to the sustainable steps we’re taking. This is where we see the end result and have a finish line or benchmark in mind. Goals are HUGE for our lives and we need them.
Of course, these too must be sustainable so we can attain them. Too often we set ourselves up to fail by reaching for things that are not realistic at this time. It doesn’t mean they won’t happen, but maybe it’s not the time for them to happen.
This is why having sustainable goals builds momentum in our lives and gives you the chance to reach high and grab it. But we must choose to Start Again!
These areas are massive for our lives and usually, the challenges we’re facing are linked to one of them. So, having clear goals for these areas will help us be empowered to Start Again and to finish strong.
This is where we can see lasting results that give growth in who we are and in what we do.
I believe that God is good and that He has great things for you in 2024. Why? Because His word says this.
“Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.”James 1:17
He’s ready, now it’s our part to be ready too. So right now, let’s choose to reach for God and put into practice these three ways to Start Again. Inspect what you expect, have sustainable next steps, and have clear goals.
Go for it! Dare to Start Again and see what Jesus will do in 2024.
Happy New Year and the best is yet to come!