January 2020 Message

For many people, this is the time of setting goals and making resolutions ... most of which we do not keep. However, as we see "the day approaching" I believe now more than ever it is a time for change. So, what can we do to make changes that will get us ready for the future and more importantly, how can we incorporate those changes in our lives?

Firstly, we must determine our goals and then prioritize them. Remember to choose goals that are attainable. Personal achievement and acquiring skills or knowledge, which are under our control, are realistic. Do not choose goals that are beyond your control or too overwhelming.

So, what can we do to set manageable, realistic goals? The simple solution is to break down the goal into small measurable steps, which you believe you can accomplish. Make the goal specific, something you can check off or see the results in a predetermined time span.

Next, write down your goal along with the exact steps and a timeframe. This avoids confusion and gives you a way to make yourself accountable. Clear objectives are much more productive than just thinking about them.

Review your to-do list of small steps everyday. Try to incorporate this into your routine - like brushing your teeth. Don't skip it even when it seems too difficult to fit into your schedule. If you find you are not following through, regroup, adjust, modify. Keeping up momentum is important to self-confidence. Check off what you have accomplished and reward yourself for finishing the step by doing something healthy that you enjoy.

If you're anything like me, you have set goals in the past only to neglect them weeks or days into the process even with a plan. Also, if you're anything like me you need someone to hold you accountable. That being said I would like to challenge all of you to include reading scripture on a daily basis. I am going to start with the book of Psalms. There are 150 chapters, so if we start on January 1st we will finish on

May 30th. As you read each chapter and contemplate on the words, try to find personal meaning and memorize passages that touch your heart. You might find it helpful to challenge others to complete the goal with you. In setting up your plan remember that Psalm 117 is the shortest book in the Bible and Psalm 119 is the longest - plan accordingly.

As we step gingerly into 2021 it might be beneficial to work on our spirituality and what better way to begin ... read the Psalms. "Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit." (Psalm 51:12)

I have included a link to the book of Psalms and will try to comment daily about each Psalm on the church's Facebook page (one of my goals).

The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:

The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:

The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

Numbers 6:24-26