If you have watched any sporting event recently, I am sure that you have realized how valuable “time outs” are. Maybe the clock is ticking down, and the coach wants to gather his team to talk about a play that may well be the difference between victory and defeat. Perhaps the play clock is about is expire, and if a “time out” is not called, the team will be penalized. Often “time outs” make the difference between winning and losing.
As we enter a New Year, let me encourage you to take a “time out” and do some thinking.
Think about the many Challenges you have had during 2016 and how you “got through” all of them. You may have faced a few things that you will never get over – the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, the battle against an illness – but the truth is you did “get through” those Challenges; and even though you may still be facing some of the consequences, you “got through” 2016.
Think about the Blessings of 2016. No matter who you are, or what you faced, I am confident that 2016 held some remarkable blessings. We live in a nation that is truly “Blessed!” Count your Blessings.
Think about where you are right now and where you want to be at the end of 2017.
Have you considered any Personal Goals for the New Year? The sooner you begin, the sooner these goals will turn into habits in your life.
Have you thought about being more Thankful? Write a few notes to people you appreciate.
What about being involved with a Church Family? Now is the time to find a place where you can grow and be loved. By the way, we would love to have you share at Calvary Baptist Church.
“Time outs” are very valuable, and each New Year is a great opportunity for each of us to reflect, take a “time out” and determine where we want to go and how we are going to get there. If you want 2017 to be a “winning year,” stop now, and take a “time out.”
Pastor Tom – Phil 3:14