A New Year – a New Direction

At the start of this new year 2016, I have decided to write this blog in a new direction. I will still of course talk about school tips and education as it is important to me and to many. The primary focus of this blog will be Christian and things concerning a Christian point of view. It is the start of the year and also the start of a new semester for me and thousands of other teachers and students. Some people accept the new year as an ordinary calender function – like any other day. Some people make resolutions and plan to improve themselves by changing habits. In my circle, Christians often pray to receieve direction for the new year for their own lives and the lives of those around them. The biggest difference to the person who makes a resolution by his or her own will and someone praying and believing God for new direction or change is the relationship with God.

First of all, if you are not a person who makes resolutions of any kind, I would highly recommend that you examine your own life. In the last year what werethe high points? What were psoitive events or positive things you treasure? What did you do that you are glad you did? What things be be best to avoid altogether? Literally think of the things that went well and the things you could have improved on.  I would prayerfully bring the things you could improve on to God and ask Him for the strength to be stronger, to be more positive, to be more productive, etc. I am speaking of character traits here – but it could be really practical such as praying for strength to keep t a diet or an exercises program, or showing up for your classes, or being kinder to your family etc.

The difference in setting your own goals and setting goals with God as your source is that we trust in the One who is greater to help us in our efforts. Some people mean well but realize they can’t keep their own goals, so they give up. Those who can’t stick to resolutions blame themselves. The truth is we all need help. As Christians, we believe the Holy Spirit can direct us and empower us to do all things. We are nothing in our own selves, but through Christ we can do all things.

Most people who go to a gym regularily have motivating teachers and coaches to help them accomplish their physical fitness goals. Those who attend classes get encouragement from their teachers and peers. To establish new goals or make life changes we Christians rely on the Holy spirit, who is our comforter, our encourager, our teacher, our helper.

Goals to consider for yourself for the new year:

  1. If you are not a dedicated Christian, I would highly recommend that you read the New Testament. I would recommend starting with the book of John. Read and ask God to reveal Himself to you. Speak to a Christian you know. Take part in a Chritian class that answers tough questions about life such as the Alpha Course – highly regarded by thousands of churches worldwide.
  2. If you are a Christian but you know you missed it – you are not living as you should be living, you have sinned, or are sinning, you are not right with God – take this opportunity to REPENT – turn back to God and ask for forgiveness. Jesus is the God who came as man and died so that you could be forgiven. It is not a long process or a hard one – except it takes you within yourself knowing you need a Saviour. The same God you once knew and served is waiting for you with open arms. Jesus is ready to forgive your sins. Simply confess them to God.
  3. If you are well with the LORD as a Christian, prayerfully ask Him to direct you – areas to consider are these: spiritual growth – how can you be more like Jesus Christ? Is there a class you could take? If not, sow or invest into your own life – Christian music, movies, cds, dvds etc, Spiritual investment is the most positive investment you can make in yourself. There is much Christian TV: there are tremendous ministries that live stream services as well as on demand broadcasting of excellent apostles, Prophets, Pastors, Evangelists and Teachers. Get as much training as you cam.
  4. If you are a student, prayerfully consider your future. What direction do you believe you should be taking? Ask God to help you meet the right people and connect you with right connections so that you can find favour and your career can be in a positive light. Literally God can give you favour to suceed; someone you are working for in a part time job may consider you for a full time psoition because of God’s favour on you. Of course you have to do your best and give your best but divine connections make a difference.
  5. How can you serve others so that you can bless them? By this I mean is there someone in your life you could bless or encourage by doing a chore for or caring for in some practical way? Purpose in your heart to give to that person – pray and ask God for those people and also for what you could do.
  6. Invest in your soul. I don’t mean become soulish. I mean – what things could you do for yourself to make you feel better – to improve your life such as books, movies, games etc. stuff you like and enjoy doing. It is important to give yourself some of these things each week coonsistently as rewards for yourself – why? because you are you and you deserve the best.
  7. Invest in caring for your body. Your body is the temple of the LORD. You should care for it. This means literally taking care of it. Decide on a healthy diet. Make decisions that mostly if not altogether put no junk in your body. Eat a balance of meat, fruit, vegtables, grains or what you can have (should you have allergies or special situations) .Exercise is important. Walk, run, jog, bike, swim, skateboard, ski,  – it can go on and on – do something to keep your body healthy and active. You do not have to die young. Plan to live long and let your life line up with it.
  8. Invest in your best friends by doing stuff with them and for them. Pray and ask God ways to improve their lives and how you can be a good friend to them. Share your life with people who believe in the same things you do. Those who will celebrate you and those who will be able to pray with you and for you are those who should be closest to you. I’m not saying you can not associate with non Christians – but they shouldn’t be your closest friends. Those you share your secrets with, those you share your prayer requests with should be people of like-precious faith. Build strong relationships with your friends by doing activities together you both enjoy as well as praying together.
  9. Pray – pray for yourself. Pray for others. Pray with you family (unless they are not Christians). Pray with your friends. If two or three of us (Christains) agree on anything, it shall be done for us on earth as we believe.

Welcome to 2016! May this be a year of spiritual growth, prosperity, health, joy, peace, grace and success!

 

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