Christmas is over.
2014 is coming to an end and we are approaching a new year. So what’s on everyone’s mind?
New Years Resolutions, baby! That’s right, the time of year when we reflect on our previous year, the goals we want to achieve, the person we want to become and how we can improve our circumstances through adding or removing something from our list.
Of course, there are the classics like working out, drinking more water, journaling everyday and saving money and don’t get me wrong, those are AWESOME goals!
In fact, drinking more water and saving money are always on my list of ways that I can improve myself.
However, this year, I am challenging myself (and all of you ) to really reflect on this past year—at how I handled situations, how I was a friend to people, how I handled my pain and my anger, how I worked with others in team situations, how I loved those that I often didn’t “feel” the love from in return, etc.
How did I do on THOSE things? Really, in essence, who was I this past year?
I know who I claimed to be.
I know the person my social media presented that I was.
I know who I hoped to be.
But who was I?
I think this year, before I decide on what my actual New Years resolutions are, I am going to take the time to truly reflect on what would make me more like Jesus.
Could I use a little more patience during frustrating situations?
Or what about compassion for those less fortunate than myself?
Or should I stop talking about the ways I want to change the world and just try to help change one person’s world by being more generous with my time and getting to know them?
I believe the tangible goals, like counting the glasses of water we consume and watching the numbers on the scale change, are easier to set.
Why? Because we can quantify, measure and truly assess our situation. These goals are easier to grade and require less time, less reflection, less looking into our hearts to see if we are really doing what we set out to do.
But at the end of the day, it’s always the things that we can’t measure that add up to be really powerful.
Think about Jesus— throughout all the stories in the Bible— what do we notice about Him?
While He healed a blind man, it was his COMPASSION that led Him there. While He fed 5,000, it was His TRUST and BELIEF in His father to provide that was the incredible miracle. While He was persecuted by the Romans before He died for you and for me, it was His COURAGE and mostly His LOVE that led the way.
Are we like Him?
Did we remain generous when means were tight?
Were we patient when our “really annoying friend” came in the room?
Did we nod our head in agreement with gossip or did we stand for those who weren’t able to have a voice in the discussion?
Did we seek to know and listen to those around us or was the conversation always about ourselves?
Were we loving and caring to our friends AND our foes?
Who were we REALLY?
This New Years, I challenge you to set an unquantifiable goal, at least in worldly terms.
Yes, decide to drink more water and actually save the money you keep saying you’re going to reserve, but also, decide that this year you will be a better you by trying to look more like Him.
Whether it is patience, generosity, joy, trust, honesty, compassion- whatever it is- I pray that we seek to give more of ourselves to our Savior and the people He created.
After all, that’s our true legacy.
Happy Monday, friends!
“Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.” –Colossians 3:14-17