It’s a new year. The posts about setting new goals, putting together vision boards, and starting over are rampant this time of year. Ads about getting into shape are everywhere! Want to start new projects? There’s an app for that. Planners for 2019 are flying off store shelves, faster than the stores can keep them in stock. Set a budget. Write down your goals. Make the lists…

…And it can be downright exhausting! Ummmm, can I just take down the Christmas decorations and get the kids back into school first? Please?

This time of year can be glorious to some and outright overwhelming to others. Some of us have it together, and others just want to survive another day. And that’s OK. Seriously! It’s OK.

There’s nothing magical about January 1st. It’s not any more important than June 17th or October 11th. The only thing that must change at the beginning of a new year is writing 2019 on all the important documents. Other than that, it’s another day. Because vision itself is not limited to a certain date on the calendar!

Now, I’m all for writing down goals. Vision boards are a great way to stay focused. But it should be happening all year long. Why limit yourself to only one day of the year to start new things? Goals can be started or revised all year long.

“But forget all that—

    it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.

For I am about to do something new.

    See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?” (Isaiah 43:18-19)

Those two scriptures are some of my favorites. But do you notice that there’s no date attached to it? It doesn’t say, only on January 1st will God do new things. Those verses are good for any day of the year. New beginnings can happen at any time!

Let’s take a lesson from our kiddos. They aren’t limited to a calendar. They’ll start a new project whenever they want! I remember when my kids would get out their toys and build a new city in the living room. When they would go to their dad’s house, I would take down the city and vacuum under it. Then, they would come back, whine for a minute that I had destroyed their work. However, they would just start over and rebuild it. But they would change things. “Hey, let’s put the road over here and move the bank to the end of the street.” “Let’s put Batman in this car and Spiderman on this building.” Their imaginations would soar, and another city would be built.

So, don’t worry if January 1st comes and goes and you can’t write down new goals until February 15th. All that matters is that you consistently allow yourself to grow. Permit yourself to dream all year long. And, when there’s a thought that says, “Hey, let’s do this,” then get out a piece of paper and write that stuff down! Set some goals. Add it to your vision. And then get started.

This year allow your imagination to soar! But, let it happen as it happens. Let yourself be flexible. And have a great and wonderful 2019!

Gwendolyn Irene