New year, new you?
It's the start of a brand new year and perhaps you are wondering what is ahead?
Like many, you're probably hoping we see the end of this global pandemic sooner rather than later. You may have made some resolutions to start the year and perhaps you are starting to wonder if you can stick to them. Maybe you're looking for something new out of 2021 but you don't yet know what that is just yet.
So many people begin a new year with fresh expectations, with a new resolve to do things differently or to make some long overdue changes. But as the minutes become hours, the hours become days and the days become weeks, many of those new things fade away and we revert back to how they used to be.
I'm sharing that from experience. While it's true these days I don't make new year's resolutions, in the past I have done so, and generally speaking have failed miserably at them. Sure I might stay on track for a week or two, maybe even a month or so, but by the end of February I have said goodbye to not only summer but also those resolutions made with good intentions.
Maybe you feel the same way too? Maybe, as we move more into 2021, you are starting to see your well-meaning resolutions slowly going by the wayside. But maybe we are not supposed to make those changes at the end of December or start of January? Maybe that timeline is one perpetuated by the world we live in? Perhaps we should remind ourselves of what we read in The Message translation of Ecclesiastes 3:1 - "There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth."
If that's the case, I want to encourage you with a different thought. What if we stopped making resolutions at the start of the year, placing unnecessary and in some cases unrealistic pressure on ourselves? What if we resolved to make smaller, more gradual changes all throughout the year? What if we made a deliberate decision to stop, to pray and to ask the Lord what changes He wants us to make, and when?
I believe if we did this, if we really took on board what the Lord was saying to us, then a verse like Romans 12:2 would become our everyday truth - "Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes."