New Year, New You! – Make Jesus the Centre of Your Plans

Isaiah 40:30-31 NIV
30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

The New Year is a time of reflection, and a time for the visionary in you to look not only into the New Year but to the future. Its a time to ask some difficult questions about what might have been in the year passed and what you might have done different. Its a time to see how you can improve upon the inner child and the mighty strong “spiritual man” that GOD intended you to be.

In short make God the centre of your resolutions and your plans.

Philippians 4:13 tells us, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.

So here are a few tips, on how to approach the new year from a Christian perspective:

1. Less you and more of God.
2. Less social media more meaningful conversations with loved ones.
3. Less worry more prayer
4. Less TV more bible reading
5. Less fear, more faith!

What Value Do You Place On Yourself?

Romans 12:3 “For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned”.

Unfortunately, the short answer for many people is that the value they place on themselves is misplaced or lower than how our Heavenly Father sees us. This incorrect perception is then the catalyst and the main reason why people make the wrong decisions on whom they should entertain in their lives and the way they present themselves to the world.

The pendulum swings from having low self-esteem, feeling inadequate by continually comparing oneself to others. To an over-inflated self-esteem or arrogance, which can create a sense of entitlement. One must have the knowledge and understanding of what it means to be a child of God, and carry themselves appropriately, whilst seeking righteousness and humility. Zephaniah 2:3 – “Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the LORD’s anger”.

Are You Ready For Marriage?

Most people would answer yes to the question in the title. The reality is often different as can be witnessed by todays divorce rates. Do you have a marriage mentality? Are you honest about your flaws? Have you faced up to them and trying to correct them? Marriage is for mature people but most of all it is to glorify God!

Therefore the next question should be, how do I equip myself to be ready for marriage, how do I ensure that I will meet the “perfect partner”. No one is perfect, but our Heavenly Father will pick the perfect partner for you. So it is important to make God the center of your life, Mathew 6:33 – “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well”.

Below are some signs that you are not yet ready for marriage:

You are selfish!

Bitter pill to swallow, but marriage requires give and take. If you are hung up on your needs and desires and are self-centred. Then this may be an area of development and self-reflection, to correct.

You are a player

Marriage is for mature people, and so are committed relationships. Maybe there is a bit of growing, and a paradigm shift required!

You have Unresolved Issues from the past

Face the music and resolve issues before you drag an innocent party through the mud simply because you haven’t dealt with issues from the past. Whether it’s an addiction or emotional baggage from a past relationship.

You Have Doubts

If you have doubts about your ability to be in a giving, honest committed relationship then that alone is a red flag that there are some areas that you need to work on

You Have Secrets

A good relationship works well when people share. No one is perfect, we have all made mistakes some which we are ashamed off, but it is important to fess up and be an open book with your partner.