Before You Look Ahead

It’s that time of year again. A time that most of us think about new beginnings and resolutions. A time we aim for old and new targets on the wall. We hope and pray this new year is full of God’s blessings. Honestly, I believe we should be looking forward with great expectations. However, there’s one thing we should do before we ask God’s blessings forward.

We need to thank God for past and present blessings. For God’s hand of protection and provision up to this point. For all the things God made possible that otherwise were impossible. For faith, family and friends that bring so much joy into our lives. Yes, we need to count our blessings naming them one by one. Otherwise, we will just be focused on what we don’t have instead of all God already has provided.

Going into 2020 I have a lot of things I’m hoping to accomplish. But, I don’t want to pursue any of it without being full of gratitude. Too often I’ve been focused on what needs to be done instead of all God has done. This sucks the joy out of my sails and makes everything feel like a job. So, my first New Year’s resolution is not just to see God do more in my life. Instead, I hope I will continually see and celebrate what God has done, is doing and will do.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

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