Ok… We’re on the brink of another year. So, do you have high hopes? Have you promised yourself and your loved ones that the one to come will be much different than the one coming to a close?
Here’s a question I’d like to ask, “Are there things you hoped for in 2012 that just didn’t work out yet you are believing the dawn of a new year will somehow magically cause those unresolved desires to come to pass?”
We somehow believe that a new year has the power to cause great things to happen but the truth is, it only offers us the idea of a fresh start. The sad reality is, the motivation spawned by this “fresh start” generally diminishes before the first quarter of the year comes to a close. Why? Because we depended on some power that doesn’t exist.
If you are hoping to drop several sizes in the year to come, you’re going to have to do more than purchase a gym membership. You’re going to need to step on the treadmill and turn it on.
If you believe 2013 will bring about a change in finances, you’ll need to do more than close your eyes and make a wish. Those changes will only be realized for those who are willing to put in the hard work.
As a Christian, I believe that God has certain blessings for me but I also believe that I have to be proactive in order to receive those blessings.
And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, How long are ye slack to go to possess the land, which the Lord God of your fathers hath given you? (Joshua 18:3)
You see, the land had been allotted unto the children of Israel back in chapter 17 but in the chapter the followed they had yet to take possession of what was theirs. What was the issue?
And the children of Joseph said, The hill is not enough for us: and all the Canaanites that dwell in the land of the valley have chariots of iron, both they who are of Beth–shean and her towns, and they who are of the valley of Jezreel. (Joshua 17:16)
So, here’s the breakdown… See if you can relate. The children of Joseph griped because the land that was originally allotted to them wasn’t large enough so Joshua offered them an answer… “If thou be a great people, then get thee up to the wood country, and cut down for thyself there in the land of the Perizzites and of the giants, if mount Ephraim be too narrow for thee (Josh. 17:15).”
In other words, if your tribe is too large for the land you’ve been given, go to the top of that mountain and start clearing yourself a spot! A solution was provided but they stayed put! Were they lazy? Greedy? Scared? I’d say a mix of all three.
What’s my point? Simply this… Will chapter 2013 of your life find you still not claiming those things you could have enjoyed in chapter 2012? If so, you need to work through some things. God’s blessing is available for you but His blessing could be at the top of a mountain in the midst of some trees that need to be cleared away. Will the idea of the work keep you from claiming what’s yours? Will your desire for “more” rob you of what’s there? Will the fear of not being able to succeed stop you in your tracks? What are you waiting for?
My prayer is that 2013 will be a most prosperous year for you in every way. Keep your eyes on the Lord and walk where He leads. That’s a sure plan for better things ahead!