New Year Perspectives by Ken Trivette

New Year Perspectives
Ken Trivette
James 4:13-15

Outline
1. THE BREVITY OF LIFE WE SHOULD ACKNOWLEDGE
A) The Scope of Life
B) The Shortness of Life
2. THE PRIORITY OF LIFE WE SHOULD ACCEPT
A) The Lord's Parameters in Our Life
B) The Lord's Plan for Our Life
3. THE TRAGEDY OF LIFE WE SHOULD AVOID
A) What Is Aspired in Their Plans
B) Who Is Absent in Their Plans

It is that time of the year when people are making their annual New Year resolutions. Mygoals.com recently released it annual predictions of the types of resolutions people are expected to make for the coming year. They break down as follows:
* 22% of resolutions involve health and fitness
* 18% career
* 15% personal growth and interests
* 11% personal finance
* 11% time management and organization
* 8% family and relationships
* 6% education and training
* 5% home improvement and real estate
* 3% recreation and leisure

We began a New Year by saying, "I'm going loose weight," yet March rolls around and the diet books are sitting on the shelf unread and we are ten pounds heavier. We say, "I'm going to start exercising" and by May, the stair stepper and Nordi-Trac is in the closet gathering dust." We say we are going to reduce debt, but by June we are worried about how we are going to pay for the diet books and exercise machines we bought on our credit cards.

There is nothing wrong with resolutions, but as we approach the beginning of a New Year, I would like to suggest that it is not resolutions we need, but perspectives. Our word "perspective" is from the Latin word "perspectus" meaning "to look through, see clearly." When I talk about New Year Perspectives, I am talking about having a proper view of the New Year that is ahead.

As I look at the words of James, I want to glean from his words three New Year Perspectives. First, think with me of:

1. THE BREVITY OF LIFE WE SHOULD ACKNOWLEDGE

We read in verse 14, "Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For wha ...


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