Today's are an extension of yesterday's thoughts, a pen to paper if you will, of Sunday's sermon, preparing for the new year, but understanding completely that every hour is an opportunity to start new. We get into a mindset that we have to wait for "the new year", or next week or even tomorrow before we can start over. It's why so many give up on their goals or resolutions. Truthfully, the faster you get back up after you fall, the more likely you will succeed. Every minute is a chance to change your course. Every time you get back up, you have gained something.
Ultimately our master scripture is still Isaiah 43:18-19 - in summary - forget the past, God is doing a new thing, so we find our hope in Him.
Part of starting NEW is to take inventory and evaluate where you are at and learn from your mistakes. Scripture reminds us that failure does not have to be in vain. Galatians 3:4
Being in business and having failures there too, I am constantly looking for ways to improve so I find mentors that inspire me and teach me. One of those mentors is Dave Ramsey. He has a branch of his services that are directed at entrepreneurs, but I have been able to learn from this in my own personal life to pin point and take inventory of various areas of my life.
To help get to the root of your situation and know what needs to be worked on, he teaches you to evaluate using these 4 basic questions. I have used them in my marriage, in my business and in general. You start by making 4 columns across your paper and put these headings across the top of each:
1. What is working?
2. What is not working?
3. What is missing?
4. What is confusing?
You list the first things that come to mind, this is not meant to be an all day event. What's the most obvious to you. Start here. It's baby steps. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
After you pin point and take inventory, you go back to each of these. Whatever is working, you continue on with those things. That's foundational and you build on it from there. Don't fix what's not broken.
The rest of it, you create action steps to resolve those columns that need work; however ultimately we only focus on the controllables. Sometimes what we are missing, we cannot fix. Maybe it's a poor relationship with a child or a spouse, poor health, even a loss that we are still grieving. For those things, our controllable, is learning to depend on God, believing He knows what's best and then seeking Him to meet that need or provide. Our actions involve what we are able to fix.
Remember, He (not you) is doing a new thing. Don't you know that? He is even making a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. He will make a way where there seems to be no way. Trust Him, remind yourself of these truths often. Take inventory and realize nothing is in vain, if you learn from it.