Original photo by Andrew Baron (originally posted to Flickr as New Year Aftermath) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
At my job, January 2nd of every year is one of the longest and hardest workdays of every year. It is the clean up from New Years Eve night. Fortunately, we are off on New Years Day, but come January 2nd, it is clean up day. We have to break down the stage lighting, sound, truss, 20 foot projection screens, 20k projectors, cables, 20 foot drape, from the New Years Eve concert parties in the ballroom casino. The beginning of the new year loses its luster for a few days. You might be feeling that in your own life now that the fireworks and falling confetti have stopped and your are back to normal life. So what do you do now?
Well here’s some suggestions to consider:
Clean out the garage and closets from the old stuff that has been taking up valuable space since you haven’t used it in 5yrs+. Get rid of it. You have to put the Christmas decorations away so you might as well clear space to put it away comfortably.
Clean up bad and unproductive habits from last year. The number one bad habit is most likely “procrastination”. You have been saying that this is a happy new year for a few days. It will only be that when we put into practice the vows we made for the new year. Do the research, write down the list of what you wanted to accomplish but haven’t fulfilled in the past decade, and write out a plan to get it done. After that, of course, get to work. Like my old college roommate & long-time friend, Rob Barnes, would say, “Plan Your Work And Work Your Plan”.
Pray for and obtain vision. Proverbs 29:18 says, “ Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law”. For the Christian believer, this means that until you keep in your heart what you were saved from and who you became because of salvation through Christ’s blood, you will continue the cycle of an undisciplined and self-destructive lifestyle. You’ve heard the saying, “wake up and smell the coffee”, well the TRUTH goes like this, “Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8). When applied, you will be awakened by the fact that to see (vision) comes only through partaking (taste, eat). And that’s where prayer and meditating on the scriptures come to enable vision.
The wisdom of Proverbs 29:18 for the non-believer still holds true and speaks within the limits of their understanding and experience. Without a vision of the finish line to your goals, you will not do what is necessary to complete the required steps to meet their destination.