If we want to take control in 2019, we have to be willing to make the most of every opportunity. That applies not just to our personal goals, but how we interact in family, work, and community connections. As you step into a fresh week, reflect on Ephesians 5:11-16. How can you make the most of today? You may not have what the person next to you has, but you both have today. Pray that God will help you to see open doors to make a positive impact in as you go about your day.
If we want to take control in 2019, we have to learn to leap—which is both courageous and intimidating. Many times we resist taking a leap because we don’t want to fail. The good news is that we have a loving Savior who will be a safety for us to lean on as we approach the brave new things we want to leap into. Read over Psalm 18:2 and highlight the qualities of the Lord that you need to lean into the most today. Pray through this scripture and surrender your fears, doubts, anxieties, and new endeavors to Him.
The best way to live this life is to surrender control to Jesus and his way of living. When we try to hold on to everything, we are bound to drop things. We also tend to focus on holding things that aren’t necessarily the most important things. When we surrender control to the Lord, we can trust that He will carry us through every situation and towards the greater good. Take a moment to read over Romans 8:28 and write down a list of things that you may have been holding onto control of too tightly this past year. As you pray, leave your hands open in front of you and surrender the items on that list to the Lord.
On average, 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February. One of the key elements to reaching those goals is finding a strong community to support you along the way. Ecclesiastes 4:9 reminds us that, “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.” Is there someone in your life who is helping you grow in your faith this year? Are you connected to an Eikon Small Group or Serve Team, or are you planning to get connected to one soon? However you are planning to grow your faith this year, God will empower you in those next steps if you are willing to be brave with that first step. Take some time out today and ask God to help you widen the circle when it comes to growing your faith!
Lamentations 3:22-23 reminds us of the faithful love and renewing compassion of the Lord that we can experience daily. Whether your year has begun with mountaintop moments or shadow valley discouragements, you can trust the unfailing love of the Lord to carry you through it all. Meditate on the love of the Lord for a moment—how has He proven His love to you? As you read over this scripture, write down some areas of life or circumstances where you need God to show you His compassion. Surrender those areas in prayer and ask the Lord to help you see how He is showing up in each situation. As you see Him show up in those areas, write them down as testimonies of His faithful love!
TALK IT OVER
- Do you typically make New Year’s Resolutions or do you do a Word For The Year? Would you be willing to share some resolutions/your word with us?
- Why do you think following-through with new endeavors is so difficult?
- Who is someone in your life that you feel you can trust to keep you accountable as you try new things and pursue new goals this year?
- In your opinion, what does it mean to experience ‘resurrection life?’
- What would you try to accomplish if you knew you could not fail?
- How has the Lord carried you through new endeavors and goals you’ve reached for in the past?
- What are some scriptures that you lean into when you mess up and have to start again?
- Of the three ways to take control in 2019 that Dan mentioned, which do you feel most drawn to focus on? (Make the most of every opportunity; Learn to leap; To gain control, learn to give up control)
- What can we do together to impact our community in a positive way this year?