Are you a New Years resolution kind of gal? I love the notion of a better me and fresh starts. But truthfully, my resolutions fall flat after a few weeks in. And a “better me” isn’t who God is calling us to be. He is simply calling us to be Christ like, to be His hands and feet, and to be His light. It’s not about us.
Rather than making resolutions, I prefer to choose a word or phrase for each new year. One year my word was SIMPLE. I changed my lifestyle, stopped excess spending, purged much of the excess in my life, and got a big chunk of debt paid off. “Simple” is now a lifestyle rather than a year’s worth of living.
Another year, I chose Psalm 46:10 as my phrase. “BE STILL, and know that I am God.” Ahh! What peace there is to be found when we stop hustling, step away from dense living, and let go of trying to control every facet of our lives. That particular year, I committed to sitting at the feet of Jesus, surrendering my worries and my wishes to His will, and trusting in His timing. No more plate-twirling and spin-cycle living, all the while missing His still, small, sweet voice. I wanted to stay in tune with the woman He purposed me to be and stop the cycle of trying to be someone I’m not.
As well intended as I was that year, 2020 knocked that healthy mindset right off course. Quarantine forced me to slow down, for sure. Yet I also slowed down from consistent time with God through reading my Bible, prayer time, and journaling. Little by little I let these foundational parts of my relationship with Christ become inconsistent in my life. Anyone else feel the mess of 2020 on your spiritual life?
But hooray for new beginnings! Starting NOW, and moving into 2021, we can draw closer to Christ than ever before. My current Bible study (“The Quest” by Beth Moore) has me highlighting and margin-writing with excitement, my prayer time is no longer overlooked, and I already have a new gratitude journal ready on the nightstand. I’m creating a way of life that cultivates my relationship with Christ rather than does a hit-or-miss like my 2020. My word for 2021 is create. Creating a deeper walk with Christ is at the top of my CREATE list!
How about you? What is your word, phrase, or verse for the new year?