Devotional for Friday December 1st

Good Morning Everyone,


Our theme for this month: “Living with no excuses”


Our Bible verse for today: “The slacker craves, yet has nothing, but the diligent is fully satisfied.” Proverbs 13:4 (HCSB)


Our thought for today: “Set goals for the New Year”


Personally I’m a big fan of making New Year’s resolutions. I know some people think such resolutions are silly and unnecessary – after all, you can decide to better yourself, make a plan, and then carry it out at any time of the year. You don’t need to wait until January 1st. That’s true enough, but I think the first day of the New Year is a powerful symbol because it represents a New Year filled lots of opportunities, and therefore it’s a great time to start something new.  A New Year’s resolution can be a good motivator that gets us started in the right direction.


Goals in general, whether made as New Year’s resolutions or at any other time of the year, are important. There’s a lot of truth in the old adage “If you aim at nothing you’ll hit it every time.” Goals give us focus. Add a plan to your goal and now you have a map to guide you on your way.


Beyond that, I believe we should always be striving to improve ourselves in all areas of life. We’re all works in progress and as long as you are still living and breathing, God isn’t done with you yet. This is true no matter how old you are or what you have already accomplished in life. You are a living thing, and living things must grow or they stagnate and die. Granted, one day we will all die but as long as you are alive, why not be as alive and as healthy and as productive as you can be? Setting goals and working towards them helps us to do exactly that.


You might be surprised to learn that the primary difference between those who achieve meaningful things in life and those who do not isn’t something like talent, or intelligence, or opportunity, it’s the issue of excuses. People who achieve things do so because they don’t make excuses – they just do it. They set a goal, they make a plan, and then they walk it out.


In life excuses are the enemy of achievement. That’s what Solomon was referring to in Proverbs 13:4. The excuse-maker achieves little or nothing. The diligent person sets a goal, makes a plan, carries it out, and achieves much.


For the month of December, as we approach the New Year of 2018, with all the opportunity it holds for us, we will think devotional about “Living no excuses”.


God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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