Dear God’s Beloved One,
Happy New Year and hello to all! I hope that the New Year has been kind to you so far. I imagine that all have started their new year with the hopes and dreams that drive you to be a better you than last year. As you have notice the TRTO writers have been MIA (for those that don’t know what “MIA” means, it means Missing in Action) for about 9 months. It was not because we wanted to, but because we became so busy and life just got in the way. We were inundated with a bounty of activity that prohibited us from slowing down enough to get focused and write to you. And for that, we apologize. These seasons of frantic living do not come without a few lessons. We have prayed ( and are still praying) for God to reveal to us where we went wrong, what we did right and what changes should be made to our lives so that we can fulfill the mission he gave us.
So the first post of 2015 will detail some things aimed to help thrive and not merely survive.
1. Establish Priorities – Not having a list of priorities could result in wasted time and resources. Begin each day with a list of priorities to maximize your time and resources.
2. Planning is key – God is a planner. He planned everything from the creation of the earth and man to how all of this is going to end. If he is a planner, shouldn’t we also be planners?
3. Boundaries – Setting boundaries for your time is very much important (once again me). You have to know when to say, “NO” and not feel guilty.
4. Balance- You have to live a balanced existence. Too much of anything is not good including having a monotonous schedule filled with identical activities. Varying your activities can help stem burnout.
5. Anything new is not going to be easy. Change is challenging- So I added this because all I’ve written so far require that I make some major and minor life changes. Lasting change require persistence. Do you only try one time then stop? Nope. You keep at it. Believe me this is one that hits me hard. Things become habit after a person does the same action for 21 days. It has to be continuous to become habit.
God has a plan and a purpose for all of us we have to be open and make his mission one of the priorities in our lives. Before we end this lets pray
We thank you for reminding us to “Number our days.” Our stewardship is not limited to material possessions but includes our time, talent and resources. Help me to be a better steward of the time and resources you have entrusted to me. I want to be a better for you, God and I need your help accomplishing all that you have purposed for my life. I thank you in advance for responding to this prayer. In Jesus’ name, Amen.