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New Year, New You?


I am a planner. I’m not the most organized or the most strategic but, at least in this last year, I have come to find that I prefer to have even the most basic plan in place for everything I do.

With the coming of 2018, I got very excited to sit down and set goals for myself. 2017 was a year of accomplished goals - I lost weight, got a promotion, created a blog, and got into a wonderful relationship. The human condition is never satisfied with staying where we are though; we always want more, better, to reach new heights and create more success for ourselves. This isn’t necessarily always a bad thing. Goals help inspire us to innovate, create, and make a difference in ourselves and the world. Plans help keep us on track and bring us step by step closer to those goals. One thing I am guilty of, however, is becoming so consumed in my goals that I don’t respond well when God and my life has other plans than what I have for myself.

Earlier this week, I was riding in the car with my boyfriend, Crawford, and we started talking about goals. To say we are complete opposites is an understatement. While I like to plan for everything, Crawford is the “go-with-the-flow” type. When faced with change, Crawford takes it all in stride while I dramatically lose my cool before adapting. So it was no surprise to me that I had a laundry list of goals I wanted to accomplish in 2018 (categorized of course: personal, financial, spiritual, physical, mental, professional, etc.) while Crawford had a few awesome, generalized goals that encompassed many of my categories.

A few days after this conversation, our dear friend Scott wrote a blog on Christ-centered goals that convicted me heavily. Check it out here: https://scottcfrazier.com/2017/12/29/christ-centered-goals-part-i/.

Making goals and setting resolutions can be a double-edged sword. They can be constructive tools in which to get things done or they can quickly become a checklist of things to do that never get done and end up making people feel discouraged and inadequate and leading them to quit altogether.

This is often how people view Christianity. Even as a Christian, I read the Bible and look at all the things I am supposed to do and be and get disheartened. I am not Jesus! And there is no amount of work I can do or good deeds I can perform that will make me good enough to get into heaven or make me perfect enough to where God will accept me. Just like I most likely will not consistently reach the laundry list of goals I drafted up for 2018.

That is the great thing about the foundation of Christianity, though. YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE PERFECT. You don’t have to constantly try to better yourself and create a #NewYearNewYou. If you surrender your life to God, you ARE ALREADY a new you! One of the most encouraging verses in the Bible to me is 2 Corinthians 5:17-18. It says that, “if anyone is in Christ, he is a NEW CREATION. The old has passed and the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself (God)…”.

This New Year’s Eve, I encourage you to give yourself grace as we go into the New Year. Set goals that aren’t going to just help you in 1 year, 10 years, even 50 years. Set eternal goals based on God and let the other categories follow. Realize you don’t have to be perfect because, as Phil. 1:6 says, “God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”

Cheers and Happy New Year,

Sarah

If you have any questions about Christianity or anything I have said pertaining to God, Jesus, salvation, etc., please reach out to me! I would love to talk further about things with you.

 

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