While I realize that making resolutions for the new year may not result in long-lasting results, I still think it is valuable for each of us to spend some time in reflection. Did we have goals for 2018? If so, how did we do in accomplishing those goals? If we had no goals, how do we assess our progress in regard to anything? What do we need to do to prepare for 2019?
The one section of fence (pictured above) sits alone on the perimeter of a homeowner's yard. Is it simply decorative, or is it just the last remaining section from a fence that used to encircle the entire yard? I don't know. If it is just decorative, how does it add to the beauty of the yard? If it is just a remaining remnant from an entire fence, why did this section outlast all the others?
The same questions can be asked of ourselves. Are we making a positive difference in the world? Are we standing alone and isolated? Sometimes it is necessary to stand up for what we believe in even if it goes against the current of popular thinking and we stand alone. Other times we need to be sure we are connected to others to have the biggest impact in our world. "Many hands make light work."
My encouragement to you today is this. Do something. Set a goal and make a plan to achieve it in incremental steps throughout 2019. If you are passionate about a cause, get involved. Life is too precious to waste.
If you haven't spent time dreaming in a long time, I invite you to do it today. Use your imagination and be filled with joy and anticipation as you dream. Is it a trip you want to take? Is it a hobby you want to pursue? Is it a book you want to write? Is it renewing old friendships and relationships? Dream big!
The bottom line is this. Discover what it is that fills you with vision, energy, and hope. Life is not designed to be a spectator sport. You are in the game; you are not simply a single section of a decorative fence. You have a purpose. Live life to the fullest. (See John 10:10)