As my friend was starting a new chapter in life, she declared she would go ahead and live the type of life that would cause her to become the type of person she wanted to be. No more intentions without actions. She thought about habits she wanted to form, and asked what practices she needed now in order to have that character later.
I enjoy a fresh start. I treasure the opportunity of a new year to take stock, speak truth in my heart about the fruit that will come from current choices, and consider changes. John Maxwell in Leadership Wired (1/8/14) observed about personal growth: “You will never change your life until you change something that you do daily. Improvement is based on two things: the decisions we make and the disciplines we practice.”
We are transformed not so much by trying as by training. In training for life, consider:
- What kind of person do you hope to be in ten years?
- What one behavior will help you become that kind of person?
- What will you do about that today?
Solidify commitments by writing them down.
Thomas á Kempis (Imitation of Christ) prayed, “Who can tell what a day may bring forth? Cause me therefore, gracious God, to live every day as if it were to be my last, for I know not that it may be such. Cause me to live now as I shall wish I had done when I come to die.”
Moses prayed, “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12
What cannot be done in a day can be done daily. The seeds of your life are in the deeds of your days. What you plant is what will grow. Plant wisely!The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is a Christian university in Central Texas. If you would like to gain an education for life while growing deeply in your relationship with Jesus, stop by for a visit. UMHB may be a great fit for you.
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