Happy New Year! It is a new year – 2014. Many new things are waiting – new opportunities, new experiences, new friendships, and the list will go on. It is a new year!!!
What will you do with your new year? It probably will have a lot to do with how you spent your last year. Now I know what you’re thinking. Is this just another person telling me to make New Year’s resolutions? Nope. Most people do not stick to their resolutions so I will not spend my time here encouraging you to make them. Instead, I will encourage you to reflect on 2013. Reflect on all that has happened. Reflect on the good times and the not-so-good times of 2013. Reflect on how you have grown and the lessons you have learned. Reflect on what God has done in your life.
“Blessed are those who find wisdom, who gain understanding.”
Scripture tells us over and over again to seek the wisdom of God. One way we can find and gain wisdom is to review the past year, lest we leave valuable treasure undiscovered. At the end of every year, accountants are busy closing out the books for their companies. They reconcile the books and make sure everything balances. They do this not only to close out last year, but also to make projections; future forecasts that help the company make wise choices for next year.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Before closing out 2013, become an accountant of your life. Make an assessment; make a list of all that has gone on in 2013. I like to call it my “knew year” list because its what I know. I know the opportunities and missed opportunities. I know the new experiences that happened in my life. Last year is my “knew year”. Last year is your “knew year” – its what you know, and its what will help you grow into this New Year.
What will you do with your “Knew Year?” Spend some time over the next few days reconciling and balancing your 2013 so that you make can make some future forecasts that will help you grow into 2014. Now you have another “knew year” to add to your list.
Happy Knew Year!