Thoughts for the New Year

A new year brings new opportunities for achievements, for joy, for receiving blessings and bestowing blessings on others (Psalms 126). For many people, 2020 was a difficult year, and 2021 brings the promise of a better future.

The sun sets on New Year’s Eve and rises on New Year’s Day, and one year turns into another, with the new day no different than the one before. However, the turning of the year on our calendars gives us the impetus to make changes, improvements, and new choices. Here are some suggestions:

  1. ESTABLISH routines/rituals that will incrementally move you in the direction of your goals. This principle works equal well in the areas of spirituality, health, and wealth. For example, in the areas of spirituality and health, establish a regular sleep schedule and set aside time each morning for prayer, exercise, and a calm start to your day. In the area of wealth, save and invest a portion of your income. Better to start with small, regular amounts than none at all.
  2. EDIT aspects of your life that detract from your well-being. Lovingly set boundaries with people who demean your dreams, work against your goals, and speak negatively about you to others.
  3. ELIMINATE sources of frustration when possible. Replace the error-prone software, fix broken equipment, organize your wardrobe, and create systems to support your daily activities.

The specific changes and upgrades will vary with each individual, but the concepts are universal. Finally, while making improvements in the temporal realm, keep your eyes on what is eternal (Psalms 16:11).

By Christina M. H. Powell PhD

Dr. Christina M. H. Powell, PhD works in the pharmaceutical industry and is also an ordained Assemblies of God minister and public speaker. She trained as a biomedical research scientist at Harvard Medical School, Harvard University and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry is from Penn State University.