Updated: Jan 20, 2019
Happy New Year! This is a great time for some deep reflection--to do a self-inventory and have a fresh start. We all have something to work on and improve. It's a refining process as we strive to become the best we can be. One step at a time. Setting specific and realistic goals, and measuring our progress is key. Where do you want to be 5 years from now? 10 years from now?
I believe that there is a time and a season for everything. Patience is key. We just need to trust in God's timing. I believe that our prayers are always answered, but sometimes we must wait. Sometimes we have to do a little growing first. Sometimes we are not ready. And sometimes, there is no right or wrong answer. There may even be the decision between two right answers, and God trusts us and allows us to choose and use our agency and learn for ourselves. If we were directed in all things and told what decision to choose, wouldn’t that defeat the whole test and learning experience, and reason why we are here? But we can be led and guided. And Christ will help us bear our burdens. We don’t have to do it alone. But we must do all that we can. And sometimes it’s just about taking that leap of faith—to commit to a decision and take a step into the dark. God may put us on a path that we may not fully understand now, but perhaps later—to help us get on the right path or a different track. To help us learn and grow--sometimes through trial and error. God cannot force personal growth; it is up to us. It's never too late to be who you want to be.
Here are a few New Year's resolutions I came up with, that you might want to think about incorporating into your life in general. Besides the common goals to lose weight, drink more water, go to bed earlier, etc.....how about what kind of character traits do you want to develop or improve on?
- Always have a prayer in your heart
- Be more patient with yourself and with others
- Choose to love and date your spouse every day
- Spend more quality time with your children; they grow up so fast
- Reach outside yourself and serve others
- Believe in yourself and that you are enough
- Forgive your enemies and yourself
- Put the Lord first and everything will fall into place
- Be careful in your judgement of others and be kind; everyone is fighting a hidden battle
- Get out of your comfort zone, and don't let the fear of failure keep you from trying
Lastly, check out my blog post, "10 Self-Care Routines to Nourish Your Mind, Body, and Soul" for some recommendations on making 2019 your best year yet! I will be cheering you on. We got this.