How do you frame your New Year Resolution’s or Goal’s?
By Jwinsted on December 29, 2012
Are you ready for the beginning of new year? Is your mind spinning on resolutions and goals? Are you constantly reviewing what you would have changed in the last year? On the dawn of a new day of a New Year we seem to be caught up in contemplating how and when we will make significant changes in our lives. I am not one for making a so called “resolution” but I am all about setting personal goals, short term and long term.
I love the first devotional in my Jesus Calling book by Sarah Young.
“COME TO ME with a teachable spirit, eager to be changed. A close walk with me is a life of continual newness. Do not cling to old ways as you step into the new year. Instead, seek my face with an open mind, knowing that your journey with me involves being transformed by the renewing of your mind. As you focus your thoughts on me be aware that I am fully attentive to you. I see you with a steady eye, because my attention span is infinite. I know and understand you completely; my thoughts embrace you in everlasting love. I also know the plans I have for you; plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plants to give you hope and a future. Give yourself fully to this adventure of increasing attentiveness to My presence.” ~Jesus Calling by: Sarah Young
Pondering on the topic of coming to him with a teachable spirit, I think of the things I would like to learn this year. How to be a better mother, a mother my kids will look up to and be inspired by. How to be a good spiritual leader to my family and friends. These are just a few that stood out to me. As I read on, it states to not cling on to old ways, I then thought of some things I would like to change about myself. A few that came to mind would be to let go of any bitterness, to make myself more open and available to friends and family instead of consuming myself with tasks and obligations I feel are important but really don’t have a lot of significance. Lastly, to work on my patience with the lord and what he has in store for me, as I know he has a special plan just for me using my talents. Overall, I love that the Lord is telling me to start new, refresh my spirit and leave the old way and come into a new way and to follow what his word guides me to do.
The bible passages below speak so strongly to me for all of you out there who are trying to take an inventory of your goals. Please read, study, and remember them…write them down on a note card and post it on your mirror in your bathroom or coffee pot. These are great reminders of what is really important, and what to fix your heart and eyes on.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what Gods will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you plans to give you hope and a future.
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