The Appointed Time

“There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven.”  Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NASB)

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Can you believe that we are starting the 2nd decade of the 21st Century?  It seems just yesterday that we were hearing all the talk about Y2K.  Now that’s over 10 years ago!  As we begin a New Year and decade, many folk will take time to evaluate what they have accomplished in the past year.  I believe that is a great discipline that will help us stay focused on the mission God has given us.

However, let me suggest an additional way to look at your New Year review:  Take time to consider, in addition to what you have accomplished, what God has accomplished in your life in the past year or beyond.  If we begin this new decade with a renewed appreciation for what God is doing in our lives, I suspect that we will be more likely to make choices that will align us with God’s purposes in the future.

So, let me suggest that you pick a morning, afternoon or evening, (or a whole day if you dare) and have a Yearly Review.  Take time to review not only what you have accomplished, but also what God has done (remembering that much of what we want to take credit for would have been out of reach without God’s help, wisdom and strength)!  Then ask God for wisdom in setting your priorities for the New Year.  Consider writing down the action steps that will help move you toward the fulfillment of your God-given priorities.  Then plan goals for each month of the coming year.  I suspect you will be amazed at how God helps you fulfill His purposes as you seek to fill His appointed time for you with His appointed tasks!

“…make the most of every opportunity.” Colossians 4:5 (CEV)

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