gray and white wooden sea dock under blue and white sky at daytime


What are your plans for 2019?

Many people set new goals as one year ends and another year begins. I am one of those people. I like to write them down. It makes it feel more real. It also helps me to remember them and allows me to make changes to them as  I revisit the goals throughout the year.

Before you read any more, think of a goal that you would like to achieve this year. Paul has a prayer in Ephesians 3:14-29 that we can apply to our lives. It begins by saying that Paul kneels before his creator. kneeling is not just a position but an attitude. Paul is saying I humble myself before my Father, the Creator of the world. What a great way to start out the new year by humbling ourselves before our Creator. That should be our starting point before we do anything. In verse 17 it says the God may dwell in your hearts. God wants to live permanently in there not just wants a room for the night. He also wants us to be rooted and grounded in love. Then the Bible says he wants us to grasp how wide, long, high and deep the love of Christ is. That is a good goal for all of us to have this year. Spend time loving others and spend time understanding the dimensions of God’s love for us. v19 says that we should be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Being filled with God is one thing but making it a goal this year to be filled with all the fullness of God is hard to understand but a worthwhile goal. Now when we get to v20 is where you may want to adjust your goal. It says that God can to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine. In other words, He can do so much for us that it exceeds what we can measure.

As we start another year, it is a good time to set your priorities. There are two ideas that you should apply. The first one is adding a spiritual goal to the other goals you want to accomplish. The second one is not to put a limit on what God can do.