We’re less than 30 days into the new year, but I’m wondering—has 2023 lost its glitter? Have you lost your life purpose? Maybe you started the new year with great excitement but now you’ve lost your bearings or you’re wallowing in the muck of last year’s unfinished business. It’s time to shake off the dust so that you can experience all God has for you this year!
Here are five action steps you can implement today to regain the wonder and excitement of the year. You have a future and a hope in God. Now let’s help you find it...
1. Start each day with thanks.
Literally—and before you even get out of bed—thank God for the new day. Do this every day for the year, and it will make a tremendous difference in your outlook. Somehow those simple words, “Thank you for this day, God,” signal to your mind and even your body that, hey—there’s something good on the horizon. I’m in God’s hands and He’s got my back.
2. Seek God’s will.
I have friends who set aside an entire week to seek God’s direction for the year. Even a long weekend may sound like a luxury, but everyone can find time to get alone with God and seek His will for the year, and for your life. Take a walk, take a drive, get a sitter or a friend to watch the kids and go find a quiet coffee shop where you can think and dream and listen for God’s heart. It’s not too late to discover His hope for you this year.
3. Decide what’s really important.
Getting God’s word for your life is not as complicated as we make it. If you seek Him and do your best to live out your faith in your home and in the world, your heart will help guide you. What’s important to you this year? What feels like it should be a priority? Your health, education, job, family, friendships?
Make a list of the top three and then find a way to do something every day that moves you towards the goal. A better job? A more peaceful home? Closer friendships? What can you do each day? It doesn’t have to be big—but it does have to be something.
4. Plan something fun.
All work and no play... well, it really does make for a dull life. Last-minute fun is good too, but something happens when you put a date on a calendar. Anticipation and joy will build in your heart! This is good for you as well as for your kids or family. Plan something for enjoyment. Give yourself something to look forward to.
This little exercise will cultivate hope and excitement for the future—way beyond a fun trip to the park or the zoo. Which brings me to my last point...
5. Believe in God’s good plan for your life.
God has a future and a hope for you, and as you look months down the road of this year, taking action now will help you experience true fulfillment and joy. Get in God’s word and find the scriptures that resonate with your spirit for this year. Meditate on His promises and let the Holy Spirit stir faith in your heart for God’s good plan!
This can be a landmark year.
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
What’s your dream? I pray you will be inspired and encouraged to pursue all God has for you. Now, more than ever, we need people of faith to go, do and become the light for the world.