Looking Forward

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As the year 2013 is coming to a close, many of us are beginning to think of what the year 2014 will hold for us and what our New Year goals and resolutions ought to be. Like many others every year, we all strive for a better, brighter future. A more successful year than the one before. Some have kept up their resolutions for the year 2013 and have been successful in reaching their goals for the year. While there are others, including myself, who did not fully complete the goals set up for themselves at the first of the year. Now as we’re thinking of what to add to our list for this year we may put the same things back on and try again to see if we can finally reach those goals this time around.

For those of you that may be disappointed with how this year turned out or how unsuccessful you may have been in completing your New Year’s resolutions, please do not go into the New Year with that mindset. Think of the New Year as another chance to start over. A new chapter in your book. And why wait until January 1st to start working on your resolutions? If you already have something in mind to work towards, why not begin now? There’s absolutely nothing wrong with getting a head start. Never give up on the dreams and goals you have for yourself. Just because you didn’t complete them this year, doesn’t mean you have to give them up entirely. Maybe it just wasn’t the right time or maybe it’s going to take more time than you originally planned. Whatever the reason may be, keep on persevering, keep on grabbing for the support of friends and family until you have successfully reached your goal.

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Much like the passage in Matthew 7:7, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you,” we should never lose our focus on what we want to achieve while we are here on this earth. We all have our ups and downs and sometimes we face failure, but we shouldn’t let that stop us from continuing forward. Our life will never be perfect. Our life will never be easy. That’s just the way it is. Something I heard recently that really stood out to me about this verse was told by my minister at my home congregation. He said the literal translation of Matthew 7:7 means to keep asking, keep seeking, and the door will be opened for you. God is telling us to never stop going after our goals. It will take a lot of hard work, but with patience, perseverance, and determination I believe we can all achieve what we set out to accomplish.

“For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

Matthew 7:8