What’s possible for you in 2020?
This question requires some serious thought. You can’t answer it on a whim.
There are some things that seem impossible to accomplish. But because this new year (and new decade) has come in with great expectation, we will not focus on what seems impossible; instead, we will focus on what is possible according to God’s promises.
For me, 2020 is the year of reflective possibility! It’s not just the year of possibility . . . but reflective possibility!
What is reflective possibility? This is the term I use to further define the realm of possibility I want to pursue this year. Reflective possibility is actively and purposefully contemplating what could be done. . . or what could exist. . . for 2020.
Grab a cup of hot coffee or your favorite herbal tea.
Sit in the most comfortable chair you can find.
And think. Better yet, imagine.
What is possible in 2020?
And what if it happens just as God promised it would?
What would you see? What would you taste? How would you feel?
How would it change your life for the better? What would you have then that you don’t have now? How would the reality of this possibility glorify God?
As the new year arrives in full swing and with all that you’ve just imagined as great possibilities, here are some things you must consider:
1. Possibility is connected to purpose. What’s possible is contingent upon God’s plan for your life. This plan for your life was created long before you were born (Eph, 1:11-12; 2:10). Read God’s Word daily and watch His plan and purpose for you unfold (Psalm 1). Not only will you discover what it is, but the possibilities that lie within His plan for you begin to blossom like a beautiful spring flower. It cannot be rushed. As the psalmist reminds us, it’s daily.
2. Possibility is the result of prayer. Prayer is communication with God. We speak to God, and God speaks to us. It’s two-fold. In prayer, God gives us direction and guidance that may not be found explicitly in His Word. He gives us the fine details . . . the how to, if you will, of the possibility. There we learn how to carry out His will in the realm of His plan for us (Luke 6:12-13).
3. Possibility is revealed in priorities. Once we are in firm agreement with what is possible, we must establish conducive priorities. To say that it is possible to write a book and never spend any time writing is a misalignment of priorities. To say that it is possible to save 10% of your income this year and never cut spending is a misjudgment of priorities. Picture a triangle. At the top of the triangle is a peak. The peak is the possibility that God has given you. Everything within the triangle must be associated with and prioritized according to the peak possibility. This keeps us from taking on random assignments that add no value to what is possible in this new year . . . and new decade. Priorities are derived from purpose and are grounded in prayer (Mark 1:35-39).
4. Possibility is better in partnerships. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to share possibilities with others. It’s also wonderful to include them on the practical means of making the possibility a reality. This is not feasible in all cases. Everyone will not be excited about your possibility, even if outwardly they appear to be. Use discernment in this area. Nevertheless, possibility is better when you have someone else to imagine with you . . . and to hold you accountable to fulfilling your purpose, being diligent in prayer, and adhering to right priorities. Accountability can have a negative connotation, but in the most positive sense, holding someone accountable is to help them to be successful at whatever they set out to do. Now who doesn’t need that? Peter did (Gal. 2:11-12).
5. Possibility is pursuant to perseverance. We cannot give up! “According to U.S. News and World Report, 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by February.” It’s a good thing we are not making a resolution, but we are moving forward according to firm possibility in Christ. Even with that, we may have some setbacks and staggering moments. But we must view those moments with an eternal perspective and keep it moving! Paul did (2 Cor. 4:8-12).
There is great possibility for you in 2020! Make this year exceptional. Don’t make resolutions that will wane within a month or two. On the converse, take hold of the possibilities that lie within the purpose for which you were created.
Live this year to the fullest and begin this new decade on the highest note available. I’m there with you!
“With God all things are possible” (Matt. 19:26).
“[And] nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37).
What’s your reflective possibility for 2020? Let’s talk. Leave me a comment! You would be helping me and others, too.