I have always enjoyed this time of year as one year is ending and a New Year is ready to begin. A natural transition if you will for one to ‘look back’ in review on the previous year and ‘look ahead’ for what will soon be in the year to come. However, I strongly believe that there is more to just a ‘natural transition’ but an ‘internal transition’ – a pivotal moment to all of this and here’s why.

Every now and then there comes a point in time when you sense that something great is about to take place. And you know that in order to cooperate with what is about to unfold it is going to require a ‘change’ in the way you think, act, pray and believe. Knowing that what got you to where you are now is not necessarily going to get you to where you need to be or to where you believe you should be. The desire to move on is inevitable.

The fact that those feelings do exist tells you that you haven’t yet arrived to the place where you long to be and that down in your ‘knower’ there is a sense that the Lord has more in store for you and that the need of wanting to get clearer about your purpose, calling, and direction is crucial for you to find success and happiness in this next season. The danger is allowing oneself to settle for ‘what once was’ or for ‘what now is’ but rather to press on and find meaning for ‘what is about to’ and/or for ‘what wants to’ unfold.

That knowing on the inside that there is more is what is leading you to make some much needed internal adjustments, fundamental shifts if you will, in the way you see yourself, God, others, and the world around you as we see God’s eternal plans manifested in our current and future realities.

This ‘gap‘ between ‘where I am now’ and what is ‘my next’ is where most of us find the greatest challenge. Leaving the familiar to embrace the unfamiliar is never easy and it is going to require a deepening of our love, faith and trust in God resulting in a stronger sense of who we are, our direction and beliefs. I believe that a future and a hope is about to be revealed. (See Jer.29:11-13)

Over the next ten days please do take some time to prepare by asking yourself a few simple questions about this past year, ‘what once was’, about your current ‘my now is‘ and about your ‘what wants to unfold’ in the days to come. Your best is yet to come!


~ Dan Ecker

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