2016 is coming to a close fast.
Christmas festivities came and went. The lights are being taken down, the tree is either being packed up or tossed out, and the presents are finding their way into everyday use. Unless, you got another sweater from your Aunt Petunia and that’s being stored away until you see her again…
Then we gear up for 2017.
Gym memberships will sky rocket, diets will be attempted (key word: attempted), and a whopping 8% will achieve their resolutions by years end. Positive and encouraging, right? I’m just trying to give you a little K-Love in your life.
So instead of feeding into the resolution craze, what I want to offer to you are tools that you can implement immediately into your life. As Dr. Paul Tripp has said, “… the reality is that few individuals have made immediate and significant life changes because of a dramatic New Year’s resolution. The fact of the matter is that human transformation is more of a mundane process. Changes typically takes place in ten thousand little moments, not one life-altering event.”
Here are 5 tools that can help transform you in the mundane, ten thousand little moments.
1. Bible Reading Plans – I believe the Bible to be “God-breathed” and “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the messenger of God may be complete, equipped for every good work”. (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
I believe the Bible to by the very words of God used to help guide his people. Therefore, I believe it to be one of the most important tools for us to use to help guide our lives and new year.
2. Donald Whitney’s 10 (or 31 Questions) -I have used this tool for the last 8 years and have found it extremely beneficial. Donald Whitney said that, “Even those most faithful to God occasionally need to pause and think about the direction of their lives. It’s so easy to bump along from one busy week to another without ever stopping to ponder where we’re going and where we should be going.”
3. New Year’s Examen -This is a spiritual discipline that has been extremely encouraging in my life. It’s a simple practice that helps us cultivate gratitude, reflection, prayer, forgiveness and spiritual renewal.
4. Freedom App – Let’s be real, most of us spend too much time on our phones or mindlessly browsing the internet when we should be focusing. That’s where the Freedom App comes in. I’ve used this app, both on my phone and computer to help me improve my focus and productivity. I highly recommend it!
5. Audible – Many of us want to read more, but find it challenging to carve out time. That’s where Audible comes in. It’s an app that allows you to listen to any book you want. Listen on your commute, on your run or when you’re doing the dishes.
I believe that Dr. Seuss was right when he wrote, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
So bite the bullet and get a monthly membership. It’s worth it.