Brand new you

I, like many other pastors, stood in the pulpit over the past few Sundays with a sincere desire to motivate you to start the year off right. I, like many other pastors, will do my best to make you believe that 2013 will be the best year ever! I will attempt to get you back on track to reach goals not accomplished last year. But with all honesty, there is really nothing I can do to motivate you other than point you to the inspiration of God’s word.

In 2 Corinthians 5:17, Paul excites us with this statement, “if anyone is in Christ they are a new creation!” Yes, you are new! No matter the outcome of your past, God says that you can live everyday in the newness of life. He has produced a change so great in you that it’s proper to say you are a brand new person.

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I believe your perspectives are new, your motives are new, there are new principles, new objects and new plans of life. You have new purposes and now live for new ends. There is a change so deep, so clear, so entire, and so lasting, that it is only right to recognize and say you have been re-created! You are a work of the Divine power as glorious as when God created all things out of nothing.

I challenge you to stop living in the past and let the “New You” be manifested by God Himself.

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Only 3%

Only 3% of You Have Set 2013 Goals…

Is that really true? Only 3% of us set goals. Wow! This is an alarming stat and one that I hope will not be the norm for you.

So, if you haven’t set your personal and family goals, here are some points to consider:

  1. Most of us have heard it…”your goals should be smart“: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-based. Take a well-rounded approach to setting goals – set goals that are centered on …
    1. Faith
       i.     Maybe read the bible in a year (Join the 90 Day Plan with me)
      ii.     Develop a life of fasting & praying
    2. Family
      i.     Set a date for family night
      ii.     Set a date night with your spouse
      iii.     Reading to your kids at night
    3. Finance
      i.     Consider doing the 52 Week Money Challenge – click here to learn more
    4. Fitness
      i.     Exercise 3 times a week
      ii.     Improve your daily eating habits

I hope this gives you a jump start for a victorious year!  What are your thoughts about setting goals?