I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do” (John 17:4)

Here we are again ready to gently close the old year and begin a new one.   A few days to ‘catch’ our breath, reflect on what has been accomplished in 2014, and re-establish our goals of life.  Time to take a reality check!

I saw a bumper sticker the other day that said, “Who put a stop payment on my reality check?”  The same day I received a Christmas wish list that had a number of items, all necessary for living in this fast paced world.  However, at the bottom of the list was listed – TIME.  Time for family – time to read – time to think – time to plan!   And once again I realized that the most important ingredient of life cannot be given by anyone other than ourselves to ourselves.

The bumper sticker suggests ‘others’ are at fault, but the bottom line is this.  “For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them”  (Ephesians 2:10)   It is not ‘others’, but my own responsibility to know and to do that which the Father has predestined me to do and it is my responsibility to find out what that is.

It is after all a very practical issue.  As man, we need the affirmation and sense of accomplishment that comes from knowing and completing the task we have been given.

We’ve all heard the old cliché, “If you don’t know where you are going, how will you know when you get there?”  We must know what it is we have been called to do and how we shall do it.

Before you go rushing off into another year – stop – take a reality check of where you have been, where you are and where you are going.  What goal or criteria will you use to have a sense of accomplishment this time next year?

Today give yourself the gift of time – spend it with the Father and hear what He has to say about the direction of this new year.

Further reading:  Psalm 127