Psalm 90:12 (ESV) – So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
In life, every so often, it is good to re-evaluate. Evaluation helps us reconnect to what is really important in life. Evaluating causes us to get out of our ruts and see whether or not we are really living our lives to the fullest. We can live life never evaluating and come toward the final seasons of life and have many regrets. The daily grind has a way of moving us through life quickly – and if we don’t take time to assess where we are and where we want to be, we can look up and see that we missed some very important things in life. The most tragic thing in life is to succeed at the wrong things. Most people don’t think about this until their life is almost over.
A new year is a great opportunity for us to re-evaluate. The Psalmist says that taking some time to stop and consider the scope of our lives leads to wisdom. It’s like a person lost in the woods taking time to climb a tree and see the entire landscape of the area to know where he ought to go. This is a great time for us to stop, consider our lives and what is really important, and make the necessary trajectory shifts to make sure our lives are counting for what is important.
You and I will only have one shot at 2016. It will be gone, and we will never get it back. Let’s not coast through it and succeed at the wrong things.
Personal Application: I suggest starting your evaluating time with prayer. Ask God to reveal things you need to change and/or new directions you need to go. One great practice is to try and imagine that you only have 40 days to live. How does this affect your priorities? What would you start doing? What would you stop? What would you fix? What keeps you from doing these things now?
Success in life comes down to three things: Faith, Family, Friends. Perhaps take some time to go through these three areas and ask the Lord to help you see how you can maximize these areas in your life.
Are there some important things you are neglecting?
Are there things you should stop?
Are there any priorities out of order?
Are there relationships you need to mend?
What are the first steps you need to take to move in the right direction?