Miriam-Webster Dictionary describes anticipation as: The act of looking forward especially: a pleasurable expectation.
(ex: we looked forward with anticipation to their arrival
This is a brand new year. Old things – mistakes made, failed plans, disappointments and wrongs done to us – are in the past.
2 Cor 5:17 says, “Old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
But the key here to starting new is the first part of that Scripture, “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature.” I love that when we stay “in Christ” – close to Him, next to Him, faithful to Him, that we can start over – and over, and over (whew!)
Get a journal (or a cute spiral notebook) and write down some things that you would love to see happen in your life in 2019. What are you willing to believe God for in your life this year? Write down your dreams of being involved in ministry – what would you love to see yourself doing for God this year? A P7 club at school? Outreach? Music? Go on an AYC trip? What about something that you can do to make extra money? Maybe you can make a flier to advertise your baby sitting or dog walking skills? Can you bake and sell your items?
If you could learn something new this year, what would it be? Running the media for the church, computer skills, photography skills, cooking, sewing, driving and getting your license? The sky is the limit. New year, new possibilities.
Let’s start this year with Anticipation. Not a dread of the same mistakes, disappointments, unaccomplished goals of 2018, but let’s mix our knowledge of our great God, His gentle and constant care of us, along with a big ole dose of faith. Let’s look forward to what God is going to do for us and through us in 2019!