As we celebrate this wonderful season, it is often a time to reflect on the events of the past year and to look with anticipation for what will come in the New Year! The week between Christmas and New Years is always a hectic one as we gather with family and friends, but it is also the time when we breathe for just a few minutes as we figure out what our New Year’s Resolutions will be.
I’d like us to push past the magazine racks filled with ‘5 ways to get organized, lose weight, etc..’ to think a little BIGGER for a BRIGHTER 2015. One that doesn’t start with empty resolutions that we neglect after a few days or weeks, but one that BEGINS with a BIG LEAP of Faith for the possibilities of BURSTing out of the bubble beyond our usual comfort zones. After all, we always start the New Year with promises to stretch our physical bodies, what if we decide to S-T-R-E-T-C-H beyond the physical and do some real soul searching for all that is possible for 2015.
What if we started BURSTING some bubbles by doing something that will impact the lives of others? Think about it, we could save ourselves a lot of money, pain, and disappointment if we didn’t just focus on the physical body, but more on the soul. Yes, I am going deep with this blog and that is because, I no longer want to just exist on the surface of life, I actually want to leave this world a BRIGHTER place.
We each have a God-given calling, and if we REALLY trust God, than we can not only live out the calling, but in the process clean up some of the physical clutter as well. As I was writing this article, I asked myself these questions?
- How much do I spend on healthy living?
- How much do I spend at the café on lattes? (it is a weakness of mine!)
- How much do I spend for hair, cosmetics, nails?
Note that NONE of those things are necessarily BAD things to spend my money on; however, if I stop there, then it is all just for the outward surface of myself. So I decided to BURST my own bubble a bit more and asked a few more questions?
- How much TIME, MONEY & EFFORT am I willing to invest in my life’s calling?
- How much TIME, MONEY & EFFORT am I willing to invest by making an impact in the lives of others?
- How much TIME, MONEY & EFFORT am I willing to invest in cultivating a deeper spiritual life?
I encourage you to think about those three questions in view of what you desire to accomplish in 2015. Then consider what it would take to be able to say at this time next year, I made progress in living out my calling, I _____________________ (FILL IN THE BLANK).
Because I am a FIRM believer in practicing what I teach, I am answering those three questions as well. To be completely honest, it is anything but easy to take those leaps of faith, to step outside the comfort zone and to say “YES! I will prioritize my TIME, wisely spend MONEY & pour in 100% EFFORT on living my calling every single day.”
If you are ready to BURST Forward in 2015 and say ““YES! I will spend TIME, MONEY & EFFORT on living my calling every single day,” then instead of making the same old resolutions, make a COMMITMENT to yourself and decide what you will do to COMMIT. This, my dear friend, requires a DECISION—no wavering or waiting, but DECIDE to COMMIT.
In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing. –Theodore Roosevelt
Part of my COMMITMENT includes offering various options to my friends, fellow survivors, entrepreneurs, non-profit and ministry leaders to take ADVENTURES with BURST Communicators that will lead us into fulfilling our personal mission-driven calling. Are you with me? I sure hope so because it’s much more fun to do things together, and not just more fun, but let’s face it, we all NEED accountability to stay on course. We all NEED GUIDANCE, WISDOM, PRAYER and PERSEVERANCE. So get ready to roll, because we are going to cover some ground in 2015!
Instead of New Year’s Resolutions, think about these options:
Take 21: A Renewed Faith for What’s True a four-week online program to rejuvenate a spiritual life. MORE
Writer’s Expedition 2015 Do you have a story to share? Do you have a book that will encourage, help, enlighten, inspire, motivate or teach sitting inside your head? MORE
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Just think, if you start 2015 by DECIDING, COMMITTING and ACTING on living your life’s calling, you could have:
What are you willing to do to make your year BRIGHTER? Any accomplishment requires TIME, MONEY & EFFORT on the part of every individual. I hope that you will seek out what your life’s calling is and COMMIT to live it. This NEW YEAR, together may we look beyond the fading resolutions and actually LIVE BOLDER for BRIGHTER 2015!