New Year’s may be just another day off for you. But it doesn’t have to be. You can use this season of change to draw yourself, your church, and your community closer to Christ.
Here are three ways you can get ready for the new year.
#1. Reflect on the previous year
New Year’s is a mixed bag of emotions. When you think about your previous year, you may feel shame or guilt or excitement and hope.
Regardless of how you feel about last year, it’s important you take the time to reflect.
- What did you accomplish?
- What goals did you miss?
- How would you like to change?
Now, if you think this past year was a success or failure, it’s important to set your eyes on the Lord and his faithfulness toward you (even if you cannot see or feel it). In time, the Lord will work everything together for good (Rom. 8:28). So, the best response as you reflect upon the previous year can be one of thankfulness.
#2. Seek renewal
If anything, the new year is a reminder of old sins and new beginnings. As the new year approaches, seek renewal in Christ through reading the Bible, prayer, and participating in the life of your local church. Allow the Lord to do an in-depth work in your soul.
#3. Patiently plan
The New Year’s holiday naturally brings with it the idea of new resolutions. Before committing yourself personally or your church to new plans, prayerfully and patiently move forward.
If you can, get away for a few days or longer to seek the Lord in prayer (be sure to read 7 Ways Pastors Can Take a Break on a Budget). Taking time off will give you the opportunity to receive inspiration from the Lord for the ideas you have.
What is more, for your personal goals, invite your family and friends into the process. Give them the opportunity to speak into what you’re doing. For your church, be sure to invite your church’s leadership into the process. By giving your leadership an opportunity to speak into your plans, you will provide them with a greater sense of ownership.
What are you praying for in the new year? Share your ideas in the comments below!