Getting Ahead: ‘Goals for a new year’

By John G. Pfeifer - Religion Writer

New Year’s Eve is a time that most of us reflect on the past year and look ahead into the year to come. It is an opportunity to make a new start or to refocus on goals that we have set for ourselves that have not yet been achieved. Jan. 1 can be the start of something good for those who choose to make it so.

The unfortunate thing is that many of us do not set new goals or refocus on past goals. For many people the only goals they have ever had were their childhood dreams. Those dreams are so far in the past that they are totally forgotten. It is easy to fall into the routine of life and end up living in mediocrity never thinking of anything beyond the moment we are in. It is just business as usual. This behavior transfers to our family and friends and can spread into an entire community. We must have vision to set a goal and be willing to work to see that goal become a reality.

Some of the greatest accomplishments of mankind have become a reality for people that thought they were too old to be useful. The absolute truth is in Proverbs 20:29; “the glory of young men is their strength, and the splendor of old men is their gray head.” And in Joel 2:28; “your old men shall dream dreams; your young men shall see visions.”

When the scripture used man it is mankind which takes in the entire human race, both men and women. It is necessary to have dreams and visions for goals to be set and that takes both young and old.

Have you come to a point in your life that it is too much work to have a dream? Would something exceptional disrupt your routine? Or are you at the point in your life when the future seems like an eternity and you are jut living in the moment with no vision? What would happen if we older folks would dream and the young would have a vision? That sounds like a community that would indeed be exceptional!

These and other life questions will be addressed Sunday morning as “The Gathering Place Family” meets in the Washington Junior High School Library for Bible Study at 9:30 and in the gymnasium at 10 a.m. for our Pre-Service Connection where we enjoy coffee, juice and donuts. Our Worship Service and Children’s Church then begins at 10:30. Come at 7 p.m. and be part of our Wednesday night Bible Study and Children’s Ministry on the third floor above Trends at 120 W. Court St. in Washington Court House.

By John G. Pfeifer

Religion Writer