I have never been big on New Years resolutions. Probably because I made many a resolution when I was younger only to fail miserably and not be any better off at the end of the year. In 2018 I decided to instead of continually making goals, with no resolve to actually complete them, I would try a different approach. Last year some friends and I picked words for the year. You have probably heard of the concept of a word or two to focus on for the year. I you haven’t here is a great article on it. In short in involves choosing a characteristic or habit you want to develop and putting that as the centerpiece of growth for the year. Last year I chose the word compassion. I made it my years goal to make an effort to reach out to those in need and show them compassion and love. I studied on why compassion was so important and I prayed a lot to have opportunity to have a listening and sympathetic ear and to show compassion through my actions and it worked! At the end of the year I was able to say I had formed the habit of being more compassionate towards others and am continuing to grow in that.
The reason I no longer make resolutions is I think often the idea behind a resolution is a short-term fix not all the time, but sometimes. I want to instead be developing my character and becoming more like Christ every year and so by picking my word or two of the year I am able to focus in on whats truly important and try to form habits and traits that will follow me all of my life and not just something that will last a year.
With that being said my word of the year is prioritizing. You might think that the word “prioritizing” is a weird word to choose, but for me it is so essential. This year I want to work on only doing the things that are most important and that I feel God has truly called me to do instead of things that deem necessary. I want to prioritize relationships over getting a job done. I desire to make God my number one priority and not slack when it comes to reading His word and having time to pray. I need to prioritize making healthier choices and working out because if I don’t take care of myself both spiritually and physically then I can not be there for others. The more I have been thinking about this and trying to change my perspective on how I spend my time the easier it has been to let go of some of the things that are not essential, which is what we as christians should be striving for each day, to use every second to bring glory to God and to show others his plan for their lives.
So I want to encourage you not just to choose a new years resolution, but a life goal of becoming more like Christ and fulfilling the plans he has for you and then break that down into bite sized pieces and remember that you can do all things through Him!
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart , yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live. Ecclesiastes 3: 11-12