The sun is quickly setting on 2017. In a little more than 40 days 2017 will be a memory. In the closing moments of 2017 have you thought to ask yourself “how am I living”? It seems that it was only just the other day that New Years Resolutions were the topic of conversation on social media. It was a great idea for the moment, and even provided some motivation, but as time passed so did those resolutions.
How Am I Living? What challenges did you overcome this year? What victories did you celebrate? What mountains did you climb, and what valleys did you walk through? How are you living? The writer James in the New Testament part of the Bible states that life is a vapor. It is here one day and gone the next. We keep saying things like “tomorrow I will start this business” or “next week I will start taking a class”, and we keep putting off what we could do right now. I had an individual stop by my office the other day and wanted to know my thoughts on them going back to take some college classes. I need to tell you that this individual in north of 65 years old. They want to learn additional information that will help them be better in a skill that they have done for years. I told them that I thought it was a great idea. I asked “when are you starting the class”? Their response was “I’m leaving your office to go and sign up right now”, and they did!
So things didn’t go as planned in 2017. Just get back up, and brush yourself off and try again. Dave Ramsey recently made a statement that says: “Success is a pile of failures that you are standing on top of”. It is only failure if you stay in the dirt. Get up! Is life happening to you or are you happening to life? Keep trying! Keep getting back up! Learn from the process! There is purpose in the process! It is better to aim high and miss the mark then it is to aim low and hit it. Shoot for the stars! Good is not good enough if you can do better.
Over the next 40 days or so take inventory of your life. Ask yourself “how am I living”? Write down the things you want to improve about your life, and get started on that list today! Don’t wait! Don’t put it off until tomorrow! Start right now! I leave you with the words of the Holy Scripture as recorded in Deuteronomy 30:19 “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:”