Plan to Achieve
Plan to Achieve
Plan to achieve – Where has this year gone to? Does anyone else feel like life is flying by all too quickly? They say it’s a cliché to say the older you get, the faster time goes by: but it’s all too true. Perhaps as Christians we should heed the words of 1 Peter 1: 24: “All human life is like grass, and all its glory is like a flower in the grass. The grass dries up and the flower drops off” (ISV version) I suppose this verse is not to dishearten us but to make us think how short life is and that we ought then to live it well – and live it for the purposes for which we were created. This is certainly my newest challenge – what is God’s purpose for the rest of my life? How can I best use the skills, character, personality and gifts (and weaknesses) He has given me to serve Him best? I know many of you are way ahead of me on this journey and I am often overjoyed when I read about how God has impacted your lives and led you to the life you are leading now.
Talking about being purposeful, it’s been an interesting and very full year for me. Worried at the end of 2017 that there wasn’t much in the diary for 2018 (and particularly concerned as I was going to be marking a rather large age milestone), I persuaded my husband to go on a wintery walk with me in the days between Christmas and New Year, so we could talk about the year ahead and how we wanted it to pan out, and what things we wanted it to include. (You could do this with any friend – you just need someone who is a good listener and sounding board.) By the end of that walk, I had an evernote (a useful app I use for making notes) full of ideas– both holidays I wanted to go on, as well as things I wanted to do more regularly that would impact my physical health and my spiritual life. Looking back now over the year, it’s been incredible to see what I have done, the places I’ve been to, and the impact that the regular things I have done have had on me. I don’t think these things would have happened if we hadn’t gone on that walk. That’s because planning is essential to getting stuff done, and if we hadn’t planned it all, time would just have rushed on as it always has, and another year would have flown by with some of my intentions coming to nothing. I say all this to encourage you to look back at 2018 and ask yourself if you achieved all you wanted to, or made the changes in your life that you wanted. It is all possible: but you have to be purposeful about it. If your answer is No, and your year didn’t really pan out as you would have liked, then determine to make 2019 different. You can do that by planning in advance. It really works I promise.
Christmas is soon to be upon us. Although it can be a difficult and lonely time for many people (and I’ve been there – even now with a husband!) it is a time of great opportunity to meet others. However you feel, do go and grasp these opportunities. Things like carol services – held in every church. You may get fed up of singing carols more than once or twice – but these services (in other churches than just your own) do give you a great opportunity to meet new people. There are lots of other events at this time of year, lots of opportunities to get out and meet other people – they are all there for the taking. Go for it – you have little to lose – and everything to gain.