Sheila's Reflections

January 2006

Better is the end of a thing than the
beginning thereof: - Ecclesiastes 7:8a
We are now a few weeks into the year 2006. A "New Year" seems to spark within us the need for making promises, resolutions, or goals to change something in or about our lives. Like many, I too feel this same urge every January. There's just something exciting about a fresh new start. Our slate is clean and our failures of last year are behind us. The possibilities for a "new us" spiritually and physically energizes us to start our plan off with a sprinter's mind-set. In our enthusiasm to be successful we spring board into action, going full throttle, making a mile long list to be accomplished in a short time.

On the other side of the coin many say, "I'm not going to make any promises, resolutions, or set any goals for this New Year. I never follow through and when December thirty-first arrives I'm so depressed because I failed to finish well another year." They just drift in any direction the wind blows them with no goal to where they're headed.

Both of these approaches set us up for yet another failure to "finish well," what we so enthusiastically started. Why? Because, either one is out of balance... one overwhelms and drowns us with unrealistic goals; while the other is a fatalistic approach of flying by the seat of our pants with no goal insight. So, either way is wrong!

I've been guilty of engaging in both approaches and have found the outcome to be the same year after year. In my desire to "finish well" last year I tried a new approach, because I was sick and tired of doing things the same way and getting the same sad results. By no means do I have all the answers, but with God's help I'd like to share a few truths "He" is continually teaching me. They made a difference in last year's finish and can make a difference in us "finishing well," this year's goals and tasks.

•  Tiny Consistent Steps Will Reap Big Results.
•  Realize there are No Short Cuts to Change.
•  Be Diligent, Be Intentional, Be Focused.
•  Seek the Fruit of a Disciplined Life.
•  Have a Marathon Mindset and Pace Yourself.
•  Remember Your Life is Changed One Discipline at a Time.

The challenge before us all in 2006 is that we have the courage to embrace these truths. By doing so, it is completely within our grasp to "finish well."

                                         God bless you until our next visit,


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