Happy New Year! I pray that you had a great beginning to the New Year.
The New Year is a great time for new beginnings.
It is also a time when some people may decide to make New Year’s resolutions, and then find they have been unable to keep them before January has ended.
That is why I, for one, do not make such resolutions at the beginning of the year.
I make goals, and then do my best to accomplish them, regardless of where I am in the year.
However, the New Year is a great time to make a fresh start.
It is with this sentiment that I offer prayer for all of us.
And, there were many things that happened in 2014 from which we can learn.
Each one of us has likely faced good, and bad, and it has not just been the good that we can build upon.
When the bad occurs, we can examine the reasons for which the experience may have occurred, and then do our best to move forward, so the issue may not happen again (if it is at all within our power).
My thought process is, hopefully we can learn from the past, but we do not have to dwell in it.
I believe the past should teach us, but not be a place where we park and dwell.
And, as people of purpose, we should always be moving forward, desiring to be better this year than we were in the last.
There will be many challenges our society will face, and the only way to deal with them will be as individuals who ultimately form the collective.
I think we will all have to do better in our individual lives, before the broader community will be able to do better in theirs.
When you have the mentality of a victor, you will not be looking for someone to blame; you will only be looking to become better.
That is the essence of setting goals, and doing your best to make them come to pass.
In addition, a good methodology would be to set mini goals along the way to the ultimate goal.
This way, you will always have a sense of accomplishment, which may drive you toward getting to the ultimate prize.
This New Year has also brought a new Congress to Washington, D.C., and our president will now have the opportunity to take the will of the people into consideration, while working with Congress to get things done.
As a result, I think he should decide not to rule by executive order.
Additionally, in the New York State legislature, there has been a new Republican majority elected in the Senate.
Consequently, our governor needs to realize he is not a dictator, and work with this legitimate branch of government, which has been deemed the people’s choice.
Also, our mayor is beginning the second year of her first term.
Hopefully, she can take the hard lessons she learned in 2014, and apply them to having a much better 2015.
In addition, you and I can look at the major events of 2014, and evaluate where we go from there.
I believe the future will indeed be bright, if we do not get stuck, and fall into having a victim’s mentality.
There is much that lies ahead, and right now we are poised to make great things happen.
Happy New Year to you, and I look forward to all that we will accomplish along the lines of our God-given purpose this year!
Michael Vaughn; Sr. Pastor, New Wineskin Church