From today, Monday, November 12, there are 7 weeks left in 2012, the Mayan calendar notwithstanding.  It’s hard to believe that the year has gotten away from us this quickly.  7 weeks!  Sounds Biblical, doesn’t it?  49 days to do … what?

Let me encourage you to resist the urge to just coast to the end of 2012.  Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away, and there is a tendency at this time of year to slip into the “Holiday Rut” of traditional, habitual, expected, comfortable activities and routines.

Let me challenge you to finish strong!  Don’t wait until the new year (if God grants it) to recommit and “re-resolve” to pursue goals that you set last January.  Ramp it up, get after it, cut loose, put your heart into achieving something worthwhile that will benefit both yourself and others, body and soul.

  • Spend 15 – 30 minutes each day reading your Bible.
  • Commit to pray for 5 – 10 minutes, three times a day (morning, afternoon, evening), for the rest of the year.
  • Talk to someone who has been on your mind and heart about their relationship with Jesus.
  • Invite someone to join you for worship.
  • Read a new book, or a classic that you have never read.
  • Pay down some debt (yeah, I know Christmas is coming; do it anyway!).
  • Take $50 and do something nice for someone you love, or, better yet, for someone you don’t.
  • Send a card or email of encouragement to someone (friend, family member, minister, missionary, etc.).
  • Restart that exercise regimen.
  • Commit to weigh the same (or less) on January 1 as you do today (again, I know Christmas is coming; do it anyway!).

Don’t like my list? Then make your own! Be creative! Knock yourself out! Get crazy!

Finish Strong!

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