Over the holidays I confess to a little binge watching on Netflix and in particular The Crown. As I watched Winston Churchill I recollected his words, “The difference between success and failure is the ability to get up and start again”. The New Year gives us the opportunity to do exactly that to reset, restart and reimagine our future.

We often over estimate what we can accomplish in a year but underestimate what we can achieve in a decade. So beginning a new decade is significant. It is an opportunity to release our imagination about who we want to be and what we would like to do by a factor of ten.

My experience is that envisioning and dreaming about the future is a risky business. Visions and dreams do not always become reality in the way we hope. Those unrealised hopes and expectations can be very disappointing and painful – at least they are for me.

The danger though is that we stop envisioning and dreaming about the future in an attempt to reduce any disappointment we might face. Or we begin to reduce the size, scope and significance of the visions and dreams we already have to avoid becoming disillusioned.

An ancient prophet once said, “I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.” (The Bible, Book of Joel, Chapter 2, Verse 28). To put it another way God’s Spirit speaks in the language of dreams and visions. 

So if as you prepare to return to work you would like a vision or dream for the new decade pause and pray, ‘Come Holy Spirit, Come’. Get a notebook and pen at the ready and release your imagination to think at least ten times bigger than you normally would.

I pray that the 2020s will be your #decadeofdestiny – a period of 10 years during which you will experience more of your God-given purpose than you have ever known.

By Matt Bird