How to make the most of the year

04/09/11 12:54 PM

Proverbs 14:8

8 The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways,
   but the folly of fools is deception.

Proverbs 14:16

 16 The wise fear the LORD and shun evil,
   but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure.Three questions to ask at the start of a new school year:

1. What do I want to keep?

2. What do I want to leave behind? 

3. What do I want to start?

Three areas of our lives to consider:

1. How satisfying are my relationships?

2. How do I feel about last year’s circumstances?

3.  Are there any good habits I want to establish?

Seizing the opportunity a new year presents:

1. Schedule some time to reflect

2. Come up with a plan.

3. Do it with a friend

4. Pray for God’s help.

Proverbs 15:22

22 Plans fail for lack of counsel,
   but with many advisers they succeed.

Ecclesiastes 4:7-12

7 Again I saw something meaningless under the sun:

 8 There was a man all alone;
   he had neither son nor brother.
There was no end to his toil,
   yet his eyes were not content with his wealth.
“For whom am I toiling,” he asked,
   “and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?”
This too is meaningless—
   a miserable business!

 9 Two are better than one,
   because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down,
   one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
   and has no one to help them up.
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
   But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered,
   two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

  Proverbs 16:9

 9 In their hearts humans plan their course,
   but the LORD establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:1-3

1 To humans belong the plans of the heart,
   but from the LORD comes the proper answer of the tongue.

 2 All a person’s ways seem pure to them,
   but motives are weighed by the LORD.

 3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do,
   and he will establish your plans.

Lamentations 3:22-24

 22 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
   for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
   great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion;
   therefore I will wait for him.”

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