Genesis 1:1 NKJV
 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
January, the first month of the year, the beginning of a new season, a time to start over, a Genesis for everyone. Interestingly, the month January came from the Romans indicating Janus’s month:
Middle English Januarie
Latin Januarius “of Janus”
Latin Janu(s) “Janus” + -arius “ary (pertaining to)”
Latin Januarius mensis “month of Janus”
Janus is the Roman god of gates and doorways, depicted with two faces looking in opposite directions. His festival month is January.
As a month of gates and doorways, we can see it as an opportunity to enter into a new phase of our life, yet this new phase has two opposite directions, indicating a choice we have to make. Many times the choice is not between good and bad (I wonder who would decide for the year to be a bad year), but often the choice is between the year being just another year or a better year.
A better year would require us to think through, plan for and organize around what we want to achieve by the end of 2016. I believe as we start of the year, every Genesis must always begin with God. The first four words of Genesis 1:1 is “In the beginning God”. The original meaning of the Hebrew word “beginning” is the “first, beginning, best, chief, choice part”.
For the year 2016 to be the first of our best, our chief and choice part of our life, we need to look to God – our Elohim – to create a brand new beginning for us. As we plan the year ahead of us, let’s kickSTART with the following in mind:
1. Surrender the good and bad of 2015 to God
Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV
 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;  In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
2. Take stock of what you currently have
2 Corinthians 8:12 NKJV
 For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have.
3. Appreciate the people around you and circumstances you are in
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NKJV
 Rejoice always,  pray without ceasing,  in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
4. Remember that God is for you and He is always good
2 Corinthians 9:8 NKJV
 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
5. Take time out to pray and plan the year ahead
Proverbs 16:9 NKJV
 A man’s heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.
Have a great year ahead and make your life count!