Making it Happen in 2016

As we look back over the month of January, I hope it has been a meaningful month and a good start to your year. Traditionally, we tend to start the year with some thoughts of what we might accomplish during the year, whether it be for work, with our families, or places or people we want to visit. Many times we have set a daily goal of something we are GOING to accomplish and realize by this time of year that maybe that goal wasn’t as realistic as our best intentions thought.

It’s kind of like Noah building the ark. Imagine when he was starting the initial framing and gathering of wood what he must have been thinking. To be instructed, by God no less, to build this impossibly huge vessel and then load it with every kind of animal on earth. While I doubt most of our goals or projects are as big as Noah’s, I do think it is important for us to focus on whether the goals we made at the beginning of the year are realistic, whether it is a goal we truly have in our hearts to achieve for ourselves, and if so, have we given it our best efforts at making it happen?

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Mathew 6:21 NIV

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who know, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7 NIV

Perhaps it is time to evaluate your goals and get recharged or completely adjust them so your goals are realistically focused on what you and God together can accomplish and not just what you by yourself were unable to move forward and begin. Now is the time to move forward with what keeps you motivated and alive.

Dear God, Sometimes we think we can accomplish everything only to realize we sometimes accomplish nothing. Help us to set realistic goals, to set aside time to regularly worship, listen to our hearts, and seek the path to try new things. You have the answers and we need to walk in your ways to find the opened door to life. You are calling. We prayerfully request we can answer. Amen

Wendy Saathoff

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