How is it Almost January?

A new year is upon us. There is a strange phenomenon that happens to me every year at this time. I am wired to think about what’s next, and so I look forward to the flip of the calendar.

But at the same time, there is a part of me that wonders what happened to last year. 

How is it almost January?

For me it’s a brief opportunity for introspection. Not sure why, but I’ve learned that I’m not alone in this. I find myself look through my journal for the year, picking out themes, and gauging improvement. There is this mixture of lament and celebration. How about you?

Whether you’ve made significant progress in some area of your life or not, this is a great time to hot pause and simply ask yourself what you might want to achieve in 2017. Steven Covey - of “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” fame - prescribed an exercise where you simply wrote down what you wanted to be, do, & have. You could do it for your life in general or for the next 365 days, but the act of thinking and writing it down was his end-game. Most of us are too busy reacting to whatever life is throwing at us to pull our heads out of the weeds long enough to consider where we are headed.

So let me give you a head start: How will you be different on December 31, 2017 than you are right now?

Of course there will be surprises - the future is uncertain - and events and circumstances will shape us this next year. But don’t brush the question off. Take a moment to think about it. What difference would you like to see?

Now, if you are a Christian, let me ask you more pointedly. How will you be more like Jesus at the end of next year?

In January, Thrive Church will be tackling that question. We are starting a new series called Pathfinder. Pathfinder explores a few aspects of being a disciple of Jesus. And we’ll consider how we can intentionally take steps to grow your relationship with God. 

I invite you to join us! So that end of the next year, you’ll look back and not wonder about the passing of time, but experience true wonder of what God has done.

It’s going to be an exciting year!