New Year or All Things New?

Each start of a new year, I always take the time to reflect on what I have learned the previous year; the areas I have grown, the areas I have failed, the areas that need improvement. It has always been my tool to re-evaluate where my life is headed. This year, I started with reading my blogs from over 10 years ago, the private journals I had kept, the bible studies I have done, and I have come up with a plan for 2019.

You see, for as long as I can remember, I’ve had the same New Year’s resolutions; get finances in order, lose weight, eat right, become organized, keep a clean house. (these specifically were from 2010). I have always been great at planning, but never great at follow-through. A few journal years later, I wised up and started seeking the Lord first, and He would help me accomplish my “goals”. Last year, my word for the year was relationship. I wanted my relationship with the Lord and my relationship with family and friends to improve, but this year, I just need Him! I still want improvement in the same areas of my “resolutions”, but I know that in all things I must seek the LORD first.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.Matthew 6:33 (ESV)

I love this translation of scripture, these things will be added to you. It doesn’t mean that I am lacking, but God is adding to my character. As I continue to grow in knowing my Lord, He will continue to refine me into the person He created me to be. I need to get out of the way and let Him do the work in me.

I have always been a bit of a perfectionist. If I can’t do something “perfect” then I just don’t do it at all. This is a reason I seem to have failed in previous resolutions. It’s difficult to not see progress I have made year after year because I keep comparing it to my idea of perfectionism. If I release this way of thinking and focus on resting in the work of the Holy Spirit, this relieves the pressure I put on myself.

 …being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. –Philippians 1:6 (NIV)

Because of this understanding, I no longer make New Year’s resolutions. I’m not going to base my worth on worldly levels of measure. I am confident that God is guiding me one step at a time. I will always struggle with the same challenges year after year, but I have learned to be content with who I am in Christ. Can I see improvement in my organization, finances, health, and eating habits? Yes! I still have a long way to go, but that’s okay. I am happy with stepping where I am being led. And as I look back to reflect, I can see how far I have come.

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