We all just stepped into a new year.
It’s January 1st…the great big “Do-Over Day.” Everyone is sharing New Year resolutions, goals, and plans.
Yet, this year for some reason, all the New Year’s sentiments and resolutions have seemed so predictable and borderline obnoxious to me. Anyone else feel that way? Maybe I feel a little jaded. Maybe some of my youthful optimism is fading. :) Maybe I see all too clearly in my own life where I’ve set out to make changes only to fail and give up.
Well, I don’t want to seem pessimistic or start this year with a bad attitude. Maybe I’m still feeling the effects of a 16 hour car ride back from Boston. Maybe with a few hours sleep I’ll feel completely different. But right now, looking into 2015 I don’t really want to shoot for some lofty goal or ambition. I don’t want to work hard to change myself to meet some high standard or some idyllic achievement based on a comparing myself to someone else. Isn’t that the temptation?
No, this year I just want to be me.
The best me.
The healthiest me.
The me that pursues God with an undivided heart.
I want to remember that I am already a new me. My life has been redeemed, the old self has gone…the new self, by grace alone, is in me. Yes, there is still work to be done, but my hope is not in anything I can accomplish.
Really, I just don’t want to be duped by the idea that somehow there is a completely different me who is better. No, I want to be plain old me, but as I face choices all day long to choose what is best.
So how do I choose? I’m not always very good at choosing…I waste gobs of time, I lack discipline, I miss so many divine appointments. Where do I start?
Here is where.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8-9 ESV)
I think of this passage as a grid to run all things through…like a net, weeding out all the dross.
Some years we need to declare a complete “Do-Over” I get it…I’ve been there. This year for me however, I want to focus on the small choices. The small things can add up can’t they?
So there. Those are my New Year’s sentiments. :)
Happy New Year to you! How are you feeling? Does this year need a “Do-Over” or a “Do-The-Next-Thing” approach? What are your New Year’s sentiments? :)
Singing His Grace,