By Superintendent Doyle Fulkes
January 3, 2020
Since I can remember, 60 New Year celebrations and a few more, the first day of every new year has taken on significance over the years. Growing up, our family celebrated the new year at my uncle Ed’s place near Leander, Texas. He was born on January 1, 1900 and we would go to his place with other relatives to bring in the new year, to celebrate his birthday and shoot off fireworks in the evening.
As time has progressed, New Year’s Day has become a time when I do specific things in preparation for the future. First, it is important to give a nod to the past year with its accomplishments and challenges. Though we do not forget 2019, we can stop giving time or detail to the events that shape what we remember about it. It is good to put down the failures and mistakes of the past as well, learning from each one and so as not to repeat them in the future. Victories and successes can be savored but we can no longer rely on them for our future.
Second, as we reminisce about our past, we may see those attitudes and behaviors that might need to be adjusted for better results in the new year. It is a good time to resolve in our hearts to change certain behaviors for different outcomes in life and profession. It is always appropriate to make changes in disciplines, study habits, forgiveness and personal responsibilities. Tweaking our behaviors can reap large benefits in the year to come. The resources available to us are so vast; we can grow in knowledge and capabilities as we evaluate to be a better person, Christian, father, mother, daughter, son or employee.
Third, it is important in the early part of any year to anticipate our future and dream for greater accomplishments within our personal and professional life. As we seek God, He will give us glimpses into our lives for the future. To anticipate changes in our lives and set goals to reach them gives us a better road map to follow in our desire to please the Lord. It is imperative to eliminate things that will hinder us and apply new actions that will put us in the right place to realize our dreams.
As 2020 unfolds in the coming days, spend time with the Lord and allow Him access to your past, putting it in proper position in your life. Ask Him for help in the little changes He may be asking you to make. Dream big in faith believing God has greater things for you in this new year.
“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider that I have made it my own yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the [heavenly] prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. All of us who are mature [pursuing spiritual perfection] should have this attitude. And if in any respect you have a different attitude, that too God will make clear to you.” Philippians 3:13-15 AMP