7 Jump-Starting questions for you, as you prepare for 2012.
1. What do you want?
2. How do you plan to get it?
3. How do you plan to maintain it?
4. What’s your course of action?
5. What daily-disciplines need to be instituted & implemented?
6. Which “habits” need to be “deep-sixed”?
7. 2012 is right around the corner. How is this new season really going to be different for you? Make it count!
(*Copy and paste these to a word document, and then write down some of those things that pop into your mind.)
Every year in Chicago a group men get together and plunge in to the freezing waters of Lake Michigan to swim. Why? You ask? I was about to ask the same thing. You would think that wearing a swim suit would be for the Summer. Have you ever said something at the wrong time? Don’t you feel awkward? Or maybe you’re invested in the stock market at the wrong time, and you ended up loosing a lot of money. It’s so important to know which season you’re in so as to be effective in what you want to achieve.
From the gospel of Luke 21:37-38 there are some interesting things we can learn from Jesus about how to operate in our particular season.
1. In THE DAYTIME He was teaching.
The “Day Season” is a time to go out, reach out, or step out in faith in that particular venture that God is leading you in.
2. But AT NIGHT He went out and stayed on the mountain called Olivet.
The “Night Season” is a time to reach in. It’s more of a reflective time where you think, meditate, plan and pray.
3. Then EARLY IN THE MORNING all the people came to Him in the temple to hear Him.
The “Early Morning Season” always follows a fruitful “Night Season” of weeping, struggling, wrestling with God, renewed efforts in prayer, resolving to come out different, and letting all the rotten things of the world fall off from you. The “Early Morning Season” is a time of reaping that which you’re genuinely sown in the “Night Season”. It’s a fresh, new season of effectiveness and heavenly productivity. It’s also a time where the spiritually lost, cold and hungry are supernaturally drawn to your relationship with God, and where you begin to have an impact on those around you.
“THEN” is an amazing word of hope to those of us who feel we are somewhat stuck in the “Night Season”. Though weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Hallelujah – Seasons change, and you don’t have to wear Speedos in the snow!