People will make resolutions which don't hold much weight.
What if you prayed about a common theme and some goals for the New Year?
I have done this the last several years. It is beautifully disruptive. Beautiful because it simplifies your life. Disruptive because it makes sure you stay on course and this is not always the popular or easy thing to do in our "Made To Order" culture.
My theme for 2014 was "back to the basics". When God gave me this theme at the start of 2014, I had some ideas but did not know how detailed His plan would be. But getting back to the basics was a swift kick in the face. I felt led to read my Bible more which I have probably read my Bible more in 2014 than in a long time. My Scripture readings were very intentional. I took a promotion at work in June---reading Proverbs and other readings have been huge for me professionally and personally. I enjoy reading and I have been more intentional on reading just ONE book at a time.
Getting back to the basics also meant changing some ways I did some things. I do not work as late in the evenings as much as I was a year ago. I have been on more "dates" with my wife and my daughter (both individually and as a family date) in this last year than I have since our daughter was born. Why? Because my soul needed it. Let me be clear. I screw up too. I have sometimes swayed away from this and have worked tons and have to be reminded (by God or my two beauties) that I am needed most at home.
Back to the basics also meant being more intentional with having some "guy time" with several of my close male friends who keep me in check. This does not mean just texting each other. This equates to having face time and these Godly and awesome guys listening to me, encouraging me, and also rebuking me when I am off course.
Lastly, back to the basics led me to venture more into this ministry known as Java and Jesus. I purchased a web domain. I have blogged more this year and have been conducting spiritual direction with several individuals either formally or informally.
Again, I have not mastered all of this but moving forward is progress. Standing still makes us into spiritually-enriched coat hangers.
Jesus is not done with me. And he is not done with you either.
Here is how to develop your own theme and goals for 2015:
1. Find a quiet place.
2. Ask God to speak to you for the next week. You may not automatically know your theme for the New Year until 2015 begins and this is QUITE OKAY!!!!
3. Tell some trusted friends once you know your theme.
4. After you have a common theme for 2015, develop some goals. Have debt? Focus on eliminating it. Health sucks? Develop some ways you will focus on you in 2015. Is your life chaotic? Go to bed earlier, stop being a people pleaser, and know WHO MATTERS. Who do you serve?
5. Write your theme and goals down. Why? To hold you accountable as well as to motivate you to track your progress and stay on course!!