We understand the importance of regular eye tests. With age vision weakens, and decisions concerning the condition of our eyes become necessary. The ideal vision is referred to as 20/20, which means that one sees at twenty feet what people with good vision see at twenty feet.
This new year that God has chosen to give us is 2020, as we mark years. At the first of each year it is common to set goals and make plans. Hopefully, within those plans we set spiritual goals, as well. Depending on our current needs, we will probably set some goals for making improvements in our lives.
Both individually and as a congregation we should always seek ways to improve in our service to the Lord. As you look ahead in this new year, what do you think we as a congregation might work to improve. Do you have “2020 vision”?
Remember that congregational improvement comes through individual improvement. Don’t wait for a “movement” to gain momentum expecting to “get onboard” if it looks like it will be successful. Think of areas you might improve yourself, and get after it with great determination.
It is important to be realistic in goal setting. Psychologists tell us that many people set themselves up to fail by setting ridiculous goals. We don’t need to be “superman” to be useful to the Lord. We need to be consistent in our effort.
Stretch your comfort zone. Start with baby steps. “Stick your neck out a little” by doing something that you know is important, but you don’t feel very comfortable doing.
Keep a few business cards, tracts, invitations, meeting announcements, etc. with you, in the car, in your purse, to have ready for an opportunity that might arise. Maybe set a goal to give one to three people per week. It will add up!
Be mindful of “public relation” opportunities. Promote the church, the TV program, the radio program. Talk them up! What makes the C & Tyler Church of Christ special? Why do you love the church? How does attending here bless you and your family?
Attend every service enthusiastically. Why would you not?
Hebrews 10:24–25 — And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. (NKJV)
Don’t lose heart!
1 Corinthians 15:58 — Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. (NKJV)