And now we look forward to 2014. How quickly the new year approaches!
So, what does this new year hold for you? What are you anticipating for 2014? I hope that each of you holds a dream in your heart for this coming year. For some of you, that probably sounds a little cheesy but stay with me. Often times I talk to people about their dreams and they think that that is a 'Disney' type philosophy. However each of us has something inside of us that we long to pursue, that we long to try, something that we really want.
Can I encourage you in this new year coming that you step out into something from which you have been holding back? I know it takes courage and sacrifice. I also know that some of you are nervous thinking "I have started and stopped so many times". Those starts and stops are all a part of the learning and growing. Don't let them discourage you. It's all part of the process. The worst thing you can do is to stop altogether. As long as you keep trying, things are happening. You are learning and moving forward. If God has planted something deep within you, don't keep pushing it down. Let it surface and call if forth.
A few ideas to make good things happen for you: pray! Ask God to show you where to start. Seek out support! Share with someone you are close to and who you know will support you in what you are undertaking. Also, be patient with yourself. Everything takes time. And finally, keep your vision in front of you whether that's with a picture or a sticky note on the fridge - keep it in plain view.
To each of you, I wish you not just a Happy New Year but a prosperous one and one full of growth and positive change in your life! God has good things for us - let's claim them!