In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. – Gen 1:1-2
There is just something about starting a new year that provides fresh motivation. Whether it is the symbolism of leaving the past behind or the anticipation of what the future year holds, nonetheless, I look forward to hitting the ground running toward new and exciting things.
As God started with a clean slate of creation, similarly, we have an opportunity to do the same on January 1 of each year. Just as most businesses close out their books at the year-end, we too can close the books on the past year of our lives. We all have the opportunity to start with a clean slate or blank canvas.
Each year for me, the time between Christmas and New Year’s Day is a time of reflection and refocus. I revisit my successes and failures and resolved to change some things for the coming year. This week, I updated both personal and professional goals and am ready to start painting on the blank canvas of 2009.
I like fresh starts and second chances. I like creating something out of nothing and even fashioning a new thing from the broken pieces of an old thing. The start of a new year gives all of us a chance to begin in with the things in our lives we can control.
What are your goals for 2009? Do you have a particular theme or emphasis? How will you build on your past successes? What will you do to remove the obstacles in your path? Don’t forget to involve God in your plans. Not only can he help set the direction for your life, He will be by your side as you progress toward those plans you design with Him. 2009 is here. Let’s get started, shall we?
Dear Heavenly Father, please reveal to me the path you wish for me to take as I move forward one step at a time. Show me Your way. I hold up 2009 to you with anticipation of new and exciting things. Your power to create and restore is amazing to me and I’m thankful in advance for what you will accomplish. Make me into the servant for You that You desire and deserve. Amen.
Janna Rust is a Professional Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them. For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.