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Welcome to a new day, a new year, and a new decade! We at God’s Greenery hope and pray that 2020 will be your best year yet. Now I have a question for you: How are you preparing yourself to have “2020” vision this year?
When the optometrist tells you that you have 20/20 vision, he means your vision is perfect. It’s crystal clear. You don’t need glasses or any other aids. You can take in – and take on – the world around you. Every new year brings a fresh start. A new opportunity for mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical clarity. A chance to see yourself with fresh eyes and apply changes that make this your time to shine.
How is your vision? I don’t mean just your eyesight. I mean your vision for yourself this year and beyond. Your vision for your work, your health, your relationships, your faith, your family, and your purpose. In the King James Version of the Bible, Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Do you feel like you are dying for lack of vision? Lack of structure? Lack of a dream or a plan? Do you feel stuck in the same, old rut? I like to read the New Century Version of this same verse, which puts it like this: “Where there is no word from God, people are uncontrolled, but those who obey what they have been taught are happy.”
What word from God do you need to have 2020 vision for your life?
God sees you clearly. He created you for a purpose. He equipped you with everything you need to fulfill it. However, sometimes our purpose gets lost in the daily, in our distraction with social media, in television watching, in mundane jobs we do because we feel like we have to, in the care and keeping of children and families, and in our own pursuits.
The best way to start seeing yourself the way God sees you is to seek the “word from God.” That means renewing and refreshing your relationship with Him. It’s awfully tough to know someone you don’t talk to. So how’s your prayer life? Are you talking to God daily? Better still, are you listening for Him to reply? One of the ways God speaks to His people is through the Bible. Are you reading it regularly? I made it my goal to read through the Bible this year. I am following a chronological plan and listening to it each day via audio. One week in, and I already feel better about where I am in my faith walk.
God sees you perfectly. I do not mean that in a scary way. He is not looking down His nose at you, frowning in judgment and shaking His almighty head. I believe God sees you as adorable. He is looking at you and grinning with a joyful twinkle in His eye. He sees you as the child He loves with all His heart. He sees the potential in you, the possibilities, and all the best parts of you.
As you look in the mirror today, ask God to give you His 2020 vision for yourself. Look past the lumps, bumps, freckles, and wrinkles and see the perfectly designed body, face, and hair God gave you to make a difference in this world. Every mark, every scar, every physical imperfection is a sign that you either enjoyed something or endured it. Delicious treats with wonderful people? Check. Made it through the loss of a job, a home, or even a child? Check. Your skin, your face, your hair, and your body are beautiful. Beautiful because God’s breath breathes the life in you and His fingerprints are all over you. Think about that.
You need good health to have 2020 vision for your life. You can’t have clear vision if you are sick. Period. When sickness takes root in your body, relationships, mind, or spirit, you can’t dream. You can’t fulfill your goals and passions. Why? Because all of your efforts are focused inward. If you’re sick, you don’t have the resources and energy to help anyone else. You can’t make the difference in the world you were put on this earth to make. All your efforts, instead, are directed towards yourself so you can try and heal. Or you are focused inwardly and stuck in a place where you feel unable to heal.
Today is a great day to examine your health in all areas. How is your physical health? Do you need to set the alarm on your phone hourly so you will increase your water intake? Do you need to give your food list a makeover for more health? How about finding a buddy to exercise with? Or consult with a naturopathic doctor and get the right supplement regimen for you. Consider the potential benefits of adding CBD to your health routine.
Take a look at your relationships, your mental health, and your emotional health. Are you practicing self-care and taking time to enjoy life? Are you spending time with friends, making time for your partner, and pampering yourself in ways that renew and energize you? Maybe it’s past time to find a good counselor and heal old relational wounds. Therapy can give you new ways of approaching old burdens, so you can finally lay them down for good.
This year is 2020. No more excuses. Time to do the hard work while you still have time. Run, don’t walk, after optimal health.
As you aim to make positive changes towards 2020 vision for your life, give yourself the gift of time. You can’t get in shape overnight. Bad communication patterns don’t disappear in a day. The Bible says that though sorrow may last for the night, joy comes in the morning. However, I know that is not always literally in one day. Grief, pain, diet, habits … all changes require time. Give yourself permission to wait for gradual change. Be pleased with yourself when you achieve the baby steps, as well as the giant leaps. Progress is not always linear. It comes in fits and starts, two steps forward and one back. The key is to keep pressing on. Surround yourself with people who will be what Aaron and Hur were to Moses, friends who hold your arms up, reaching for Jesus, when they are falling down. Don’t give up even when you mess up. Try again. And again. And again.
Gaining 2020 vision will not be easy, but the results will knock your socks off. As the Apostle Paul said in Philippians 3:12-14,
I do not mean that I am already as God wants me to be. I have not yet reached that goal, but I continue trying to reach it and to make it mine. Christ wants me to do that, which is the reason he made me his. Brothers and sisters, I know that I have not yet reached that goal, but there is one thing I always do. Forgetting the past and straining toward what is ahead, I keep trying to reach the goal and get the prize for which God called me through Christ to the life above.
Happy 2020. Comment below and let us know what 2020 vision looks like in your life. We at God’s Greenery will pray for you faithfully and cheer you on. May this be your best year yet!
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