End Well, Start Well
Do you find the week between Christmas and New Year's somewhat odd?
It's this weird in-between week when the current year seems all but over and the new year has yet to begin. The Christmas celebrations draw to a close. If you're returning to work, you probably find it hard to focus and be productive. If you're on vacation or traveling, you're probably starting to miss the normal routine a bit. We reflect on the year behind and anticipate the changes ahead.
If you find yourself with some extra down-time this week, as many of us do, don't get to the new year only to realize that you wasted it! It can be both restful and productive.
1. CATCH UP ON OR FINISH YOUR BIBLE READING FOR THE YEAR.
If you're reading through the Bible in a year with us, finish well! Catch up on as many missed days as you can--even if you can't catch up enough to finish. God's Word is always profitable, and the point is saturating your mind and heart with His truth--not finishing a task.
2. GET A JUMP-START ON NEXT YEAR'S BIBLE READING
Planning to read through the Bible in 2017? Why not go ahead and get started? But don't succumb to the temptation to skip future days because you've gotten a head start! Stay ahead for as long as you can, and you'll be grateful you did when those days come when you aren't able to get to it.
3. SET GOALS FOR NEXT YEAR
Set aside some time this week to pray for God's direction for the coming year. What does He want to accomplish through you? How does He want to grow you? Seek His guidance as you set some spiritual goals for the coming year. Check out Pastor Lincoln's tips for goal setting in the Connection Guide, and use the worksheet to see if they pass the test of a "good goal".
4. COMPLETE YOUR COMMITMENT OR MAKE A NEW ONE
Did you make a commitment to God regarding your tithes and offerings for 2016? Follow through by catching up on or completing your pledge. If that doesn't seem financially possible, pray about it before deciding that you can't give at all. Trust God's leadership, and follow through on what you believe He's asking you to do.
Maybe you didn't make a pledge for 2016, but you want to give to God here at the end of the year. This week is a great opportunity to say "Thanks" to God for His provision and blessing over the past year, as well as to start a new goal regarding your giving.
The church office will be open until 5pm through Friday, December 30. Contributions can be dropped by the office, mailed in (must be postmarked by December 31 to be counted for 2016 for tax purposes), or you can give online.
May God richly bless your year to come!
"Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise,making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is."
-Ephesians 5:15-17, NASB