We are just barely into this brand new year, and I am sure you have been hearing all kinds of things about resolutions. I know I have. So, it has me wondering how all the resolution-makers and goal-setters are doing? Maybe they are still on track. Maybe they are already wondering what they were thinking when they made their resolutions. Maybe they are negotiating with themselves about adjusting their plans so they will work out.
Maybe I know this because I have been there. I have been the resolution-maker at the start of a new year vowing to “be better, do better, try harder.” I have been the resolution-maker disappointed by the end of the year. They just don’t seem to work for me. I think they actually bring out a not-so-great side — overthinking, controlling, shame, disappointment. Stress.
I say, less stress and more grace!
Most of us probably do some kind of end-of-the-year analyzing and make plans for the new year ahead. Gyms are busy, diet plans are downloaded or printed out, organizational tools are ready to be used, and the list goes on and on. Trying to be better, healthier, more accomplished, happier than we were — who couldn’t use a little more of that?
But are we forgetting something? We can’t do all this alone. Are our goals rooted in truth, following His ways? Are we foremost thinking about seeking God’s plan for us in the new year?
Invite God into your planning. Allow Him to be the One at work in you. Think of it as a cooperative effort.
He wants us to take the gifts He has given us and will give us and to use them to follow His plan and glorify Him. God doesn’t want us to make huge, unattainable goals that leave us disappointed in ourselves when they aren’t reached.
We can be incredibly critical of ourselves. I don’t know about you, but if I set goals and resolutions and then don’t follow through, I can be pretty down on myself. Does that sound like a good plan year after year? I think not!
But God knows which goals were the right ones for us. He knows how to best use our time and gifts.
God has beautiful gifts and plans in store for us in the new year ahead, and these gifts and plans are specially designed just for you and me. Provide Him the room to show how wondrous He truly is. Trust He is doing good in all things. There is so much only God can do when we let Him work in and through us.
I have to believe that God is good and He is doing good in all things. I have to believe that He loves me and only wants the very best for me. I have to believe what God can do through me will be more amazing than what I can do on my own, and I hope you’ll believe with me.
Commit to Him, one beautiful day at a time. Seek Him first and follow Him. Trust His promises first and foremost. You don’t have to be perfect, you don’t have to know everything, you don’t need to listen to society’s standards. Instead, embrace His way for you. Be excited for the way God will use you for His purpose in this new year ahead.
He is faithful, and He has you.
Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His presence continually! Remember the wondrous works that He has done, His miracles and the judgments He uttered.
1 Chronicles 16:11-12 (ESV)
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