I was talking with a friend about the New Year and she said it appears to her that 2015 is the year everyone has been talking about and which we are all waiting for. I thought about that for a while. Truthfully, for me, 2015 is the year I will be moving on to another level in my pursuit of the wig and gown. It is perhaps the year your parents will retire or you will say goodbye to bachelorhood. It is the year the potency of a man’s good luck against the unwavering popularity of a military General will be tested.
But then, I think that’s how we always feel about a new year. Expectations are usually high because in my opinion, it is an intrinsic part of our nature to desire second chances and every New Year comes with the promise of new opportunities and fresh goals.
So, as we begin the New Year, what can we do to maximise the countless opportunities the New Year offers? Here are some thoughts:
1. Be purpose-driven
Psychologist, Abraham Maslow once noted that without exception, he found that every person who was sincerely happy and radiantly alive was living for a purpose or a cause beyond himself. If you will maximise the opportunities of this New Year and be fulfilled, you must be driven by God’s purpose for your life. Purpose simplifies life. It offers you the key to living a life free of worry and anxiety. Being purpose-driven gives you a life in which, in the words of Frederick Buechner, “your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”
2. Pay attention to time
Scripture says God makes everything beautiful in its own time. It is my understanding therefore, that the key to experiencing life’s beauty is to understand time. Time is one resource we want most but sadly, misuse most too. There is a time for everything you will do this year. The quality of your life will depend a lot, on the timeliness of your actions.
3. Embrace change
You cannot maximise 2015 without having to grow. But there cannot be growth without change. There cannot be change without loss. There cannot be loss without pain. Change can be painful but it always pays. In 2015, refuse to be caught in the cycle of sameness, I encourage you to embrace change.
4. Enjoy the moments
To maximise 2015, it is important you learn to live in and enjoy each moment. Planning for the future is good but like the American Cartoonist, Bil Keane says, yesterday is the past, tomorrow is the future, but today is a gift and that is why it is called THE PRESENT! Please, enjoy each moment to its fullest. Times spent with friends and loved ones, reading a book or fellowshipping with believers should not be interrupted with worries of tomorrow’s commitment.
“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year!” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
My friend thinks 2015 is like the beginning of a new dispensation in God’s scheme of things- something like a handing over. Whether or not you see what she sees, the truth is 2015 presents to us an opportunity to start afresh, do things right and make impact. But if we won’t be purpose-driven, paying attention to time, embracing change, enjoying and living in each moments we might not be able unlock all that the year has to offer and soon we’ll have 2016 knock on our door and we’ll wonder where we’ve been all the while.
It is my prayer that this year, you will experience new dimensions of your potentials as you find, pursue and fulfil God’s purpose for your life. Have a prosperous New Year!
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