We're over a month into 2009. Are you changing? Is your 2009 becoming different from your 2008? Do you have a growth plan for 2009? If not, nothing much will change. But if so, you're going to have an exciting year.
Your growth plan should be:
1. Personal and free. No one has the right to tell you how you should be growing. Think for yourself. Work out your own salvation. How is the Holy Spirit convicting you and alluring you into new obedience?
2. Biblical and accountable. Identify specific verses in the Bible to serve as your guides for newness in 2009. And share your growth plan with one other guy who will pray for you every day and check up on your progress.
3. Practical and bold. Your growth plan should funnel down to concrete actions in your schedule, week by week. It should include steps of new obedience that scare you. Realistic and do-able, but scary. Obeying God in scary ways is invigorating.
There are two ways to live. One is to run laps. Same, same, same, over and over again. The other way is to run cross country, into new territories you've never known before. And the way to get off that boring, confining track is your own freely chosen growth plan for 2009.
It's not too late to begin.