Start the New Year Out Right


Something about the first week of the year makes me feel like I’m starting a race, lined up ready for the gun to sound. This week I flipped over my calendar to 2015 and suddenly deadlines loom closer. Email messages are flowing in reminding me of promises that I made. It’s time to begin working on the goals listed on the paper before me. It can be overwhelming.

On your mark…

English: Anxious Athlete Waiting at Starting Line

Where is our starting point for the New Year? It’s a good time to take inventory. What were my achievements in the past year?  What are my goals for this one? If we are rooted and grounded  before we start, the race will go better. We wouldn’t get far in the race if we didn’t know where we were headed.

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.  Acts 20:24

Get set…

English: Athletic Feet of Runner Positioned at...

Take a breath. Focus on one thing at a time. Life is lived one moment at a time. Writing requires perseverance, one word, one paragraph, one page, one chapter at a time. A slow persistence.  Persevere. God provides our daily bread – just enough for today.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:24


English: Swift Form of a Runner about to Begin...

Okay. Time to begin. The route is marked out ahead. Let’s run it. The New Year has already begun. Let’s live it well!

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7

Happy New Year,

Betsy and Laurie

First published at the WordServe Watercooler.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

  Hebrews 12:1

13 Comments on Start the New Year Out Right

    • Writing Sisters
      January 5, 2015 at 8:55 am (5 years ago)

      Happy New Year, Diane. Hope 2015 is a good one for you all.

    • Writing Sisters
      January 5, 2015 at 2:02 pm (5 years ago)

      You are welcome! Thanks for your comment.

    • Writing Sisters
      January 5, 2015 at 2:03 pm (5 years ago)

      Well put! Discussing plans with the Lord is a great way to start the new year. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  1. Maria I. Morgan
    January 5, 2015 at 2:22 pm (5 years ago)

    Beautiful post! Thanks for the reminder to be rooted and grounded in the Savior – and to take just one step at a time. God bless~

  2. sustainabilitea
    January 6, 2015 at 6:36 pm (5 years ago)

    An excellent reminder that we need to be grounded in the Lord and open to His plans for us as we make our plans. A blessed 2015 to you and yours.


  3. apronheadlilly
    January 15, 2015 at 11:48 pm (5 years ago)

    My race is running in circles lately!

    • Writing Sisters
      January 16, 2015 at 8:02 am (5 years ago)

      You always make me smile. I so relate to the circles.


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