(The following is an outline of the sermon preached by Michael Larsen on January 5, 2019.)
The key to a great new year is having a plan. You don't just enter 2020 and say, "I hope it's going to be better." You have to have a plan to make it better. Proverbs 17:24 "An intelligent person aims at wise actions, but a fool starts off in many directions." Here are four keys to making the most of 2020.
A - Assume responsibility for my life.
Galatians 6:5 “Each person must be responsible for himself.”
B - Believe I can change
Philippians 4:13 “There is nothing I cannot master with the help of Christ who gives me strength.”
C - Clarify what I really want
You must decide what's important and what isn't important. Job 34:4: “We can choose the taste we want in food. We should choose to follow what is right. But first of all we must define what is good.”
D - Don't wait to begin
Three words that will change your life are, “Do. It. Now.” Ecclesiastes 11:4 “If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.” Don’t say, “I’ll do it when...” Do it now. Do it today.
Four personal development goals
If you're a Christian, then your ultimate goal is to become like Jesus Christ. So how did Jesus develop? Luke 2:52 tells us four ways: “Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and favor with man.”
He developed in wisdom – that's intellectual development.
He developed in stature – that's physical development.
He developed in favor with God – that's spiritual development.
He developed in favor with man – that's social development.
As you set your goals they need to be S.M.A.R.T. goals.
S - Specific.
M - Motivational.
A - Attainable.
R - Relevant.
T - Trackable.