Key Areas of Focus in 2018

Happy New Year! I have high hopes for the upcoming year and look forward to seeing how it all pans out. I am also aware (trying not to be aware) that 2018 is a shifting year for me in terms of my steps post Uni, figuring out what I want to do and other life related bits. Trusting God that he will direct my footsteps.

The key areas I want to focus on in 2018 are:
  1. My degree! Really need to round off the final few months with a bang. 
  2. Driving: No more procrastination. I will be on the roads. 
  3. Building my brand: Branding is super important to me and I know will play a big part in my journey post-Uni
  4. Spiritual growth: I want to be more intentional about reading the Word, especially in the area of memorising and meditating on the stories of various figures in the Bible i.e. Moses, Noah, Esther, Abraham etc.
  5. Finances: Better spending habits, less Tesco meal deals and more meal preps...   

I just read the 'Word for You' extract for January 1st and the message is very timely and relates a lot to my reflections on 2017. Do take a read and enjoy...

Leave the comfort zone

Two of our biggest fears are: failure and criticism. And they never completely go away. We can overcome them for a time, but they’ll often show up when we face our next challenge. Yet when we accept fear as part of life’s journey instead of running from it, we can learn to grow stronger through it. 

When we feel anxious, God says to us, ‘Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.’ So we need to trust Him, and get out of our comfort zones. But that can be easier said than done. Entering a new year, we can have lots of ideas about how we’re going to change things and do things differently over the year, how we’re going to embrace our God-given calling or use our God-given skills, how we’re going to serve in new ways or finally get round to talking to a friend about our faith, or how we’re going to rebuild a relationship that’s broken down. 

But then the fear of failing or being criticised by others creeps in, and we can talk ourselves out of doing all those things. This was like when Peter walked on water. ‘Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink’ (Matthew 14:29-30). 

But Jesus saved Him. And when we step out and then become fearful, He’ll save us too. We just need to trust Him and take that step in the first place. So let’s make 2018 the year that we take the risk and step out of our comfort zones.
‘Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.’
Isaiah 41:10

What key areas are you focusing on in 2018? 

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