Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there it’s no vision the people perish:”
James 4:15 says, “For that ye ought to say, if the Lord will, we shall live, and do this our that.”

As we look out over the vast horizon of the future, we all have dreams and goals. Such dreams can be good, healthy and motivating if they are fashioned and submissive to the over riding will of God.

Many of us have lived long enough to also experience the disappointment of dreams and visions that never came true. Our world is full of people who are discouraged out even depressed by hardships and broken dreams. Some of which they never saw coming.

Before we give up on setting goals or “New Year’s Resolutions”, let us make a few suggestions or try to establish some biblical guidelines.

Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God”. Any dream that pulls us away from a daily relationship with the Lord is wrong and will be hurtful in the long run. Here we also see that some of our goals should be spiritual in nature. Goals about Bible reading, prayer time, and church attendance will do much good. These types of goals will keep a Christian’s life on course. They will also help us to be faithful and disciplined in other areas.

Colossians 3:2 says, “Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth.” The dreams and visions we have are all too often of a worldly or material nature. We fall in love with things. There is nothing wrong with working toward buying a house or wanting a new dress, but people who are focused on such things often lose sight of heaven. Do our dreams and aspirations include heaven? If a believer truly loves God, then money and things will have to take a backseat. A real attachment with things eternal will help its to guard against greed and covetousness.

Romans 14:7 says, “For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.” All of the plans we have for the future will have some effect upon others. What plans and dreams do we make that will be a blessing to someone else? If all of our efforts only benefit self, we are very far from being like Jesus Christ. Some of or goals should revolve around being a servant. Many a goal oriented person comes down to the end if their life with no friends or people that love them.

Romans 14:12 says, “So then everyone of us shall give account of himself to God.” We are free right now to dream and plan as we please. Some day though there will be a reckoning of both actions and motives. The fear if the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Making wise choices and plans for for 2013 starts by having a reverence for God. We must realize we will be held accountable for such things. Young people often forget this truth. Ecclesiastes 11:9 is a reminder. “Rejoice, O young man in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes; but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.”

This next year can be a great year if we keep these principles and guidelines in the forefront of our minds.

See you in church,
Pastor