As the Christmas season is wrapping up, 2021 is coming to a close, and you are looking in anticipation to what the new year will bring, are you looking through eyes of despair or hope? Let’s face it … the last couple of years have been full of uncertainties, challenges, conflicts, and the list goes on. Many have lost jobs, loved ones, homes, and much more. All of that can definitely cause a bit of despair. Let me remind you of a verse from the book of Psalms that reads, “Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD. “ As 2022 begins, will you be making resolutions, selecting a word for the year, setting some life goals, or figuring out how to organize your home? No matter what you decide to do, make this year a year of hope!
Resolutions/Word for the Year
Many people like to make resolutions for the upcoming year. I truly applaud those that are successful at this. I, for one, know that any resolution I would make is more than likely short-lived. That’s the realist in me because I know my capabilities, so why begin the year by setting myself up for failure? What has worked best for me in recent years is finding a word to focus on throughout the year. I usually begin in December praying about what my word will be, and as I do my Bible reading God will reveal it to me. I write the word down as a reminder, as well as sharing with friends to help keep myself accountable. God never ceases to amaze me in how faithful He is in teaching me about the meaning or action behind my word for the year.
If you are a goal setter, what areas of your life will you look at first? Finances, fitness, travel destinations, books to read, relationships, enriching your faith to draw you closer to God? Begin by writing down things you want to achieve this year, and follow up with what you need to do in order to achieve them. Perhaps this is a time to set financial goals by paying off debt, increasing your 401K contribution in order to better prepare for retirement, saving for a long-awaited household project, or preparing to have a baby or purchase your first home. Perhaps you have been thinking about joining a gym or changing up your eating habits to become a healthier you. It may be that you have a bucket list of fun places to explore and travel to, either alone or with family. A friend may have suggested an intriguing book or series of books that you should read. Commit to growing your faith by deciding to read through the Bible, join a Bible study group, or start daily devotions through your Bible app. Regardless of the goal you set out to achieve, make it realistic and attainable. Pray as you begin and God will enable you to be faithful in fulfilling those goals.
Getting organized comes as second nature to some, and to others it can be extremely daunting. The beginning of the year is a great time to start fresh by organizing at home: drawers, closets, garage, shed, office, pantry. Even if you think you are a very disorganized person, you can decide to take the time and develop new habits. It takes some work on your part, but the reward will be worth it. Creating an organized home life means keeping things in their proper places. By keeping organized, you will increase productivity as you save time having to look for things. That will also free up more time to work on more important tasks. Begin by making a list so you don’t forget anything that needs to be done. Keep a daily and weekly schedule with reasonable deadlines in order to accomplish the tasks on your list. It’s ok to discard any of your excess things, whether it can be sold, donated to a worthy cause, or it is trash. Group like things together if possible, then store them in the same location. Be sure to continue organizational maintenance so things don’t get out of hand again. Imagine the stress relief once your projects are all complete!
Whether you bring in 2022 by attending a party, or spending a quiet night at home watching the ball drop in Times Square, be sure to take time to reflect on what this last year has taught you. There are both lessons and blessings in everything, and each gives us an opportunity to grow. Happy New Year!