I trust 2014 will bring many blessings your way.
The start of a new year is a good time both to reflect and to project—a time to look back and consider what you have experienced and learned, a time to look ahead to where you will go next. One sure sign of personal progress is the realization that you not only know smart things, but that you do smart things. You will know, feel, when it happens. The difference is beyond measure.
• Put first things first
Sometimes we stay so busy doing the good that we neglect the best. Pray for wisdom to know what is truly important. Then give your time, energy, and love to those things first. Unless you make a deliberate effort to set priorities and stick with them, your days will be filled with other people’s priorities and not your own.
• Respect time
Understand that time is the most precious of all resources. Without time you have nothing. Spend your minutes and your hours wisely. Plan your days rather than just letting them happen.
• Stay calm
Know what matters—and be passionate about those things. Know what doesn’t matter—and don’t let those things get you down. You know you are becoming more mature when you control your emotions instead of allowing them to control you.
• Take care of yourself
Your body is a gift from God; being as fit as you can be is a testimony in itself. Eat wisely, exercise appropriately, get enough rest, schedule regular checkups. Don’t allow lesser activities to keep you from a daily walk or workout. Commit to some healthy extras: swimming, biking, whatever you like. Few of us do all we could or should to take care of ourselves. But we can!
• Nourish your mind
God’s world is a wondrous place. Learn something new every single day. Today, look at a flower and be amazed. Tonight, go outside and gaze at the stars. Tomorrow, browse the Internet for places you’d like to visit. Turn off the television. Ditch the smart phone for a few hours. Visit one-on-one with a friend. Think new thoughts. Grow.
“Let each one examine his own work.” —Galatians 6:4 CEV