With a new year comes new plans, hopes, dreams, and aspirations. Many succumb to the pressure of making New Years’ resolutions – and then many are disappointed when they don’t succeed. Read more for tips to hedge your bet toward making changes that will last.
As you contemplate a brand new year ahead, dream big but dream with God. Keep in mind the ultimate goal. Don’t be surprised if others can’t see your dream coming to fruition or even mock you for it. Remember that where God births a dream, He also provides the means to help us accomplish it. Perhaps most important of all, remember: the shortest distance to a dream fulfilled is the path of surrender to the dream giver!
I want to be more intentional about living in the moment, practicing gratitude, appreciating how God has uniquely made me, and resting in Him. With an open mind and open heart, I prayerfully embrace all that God has for me in this next year. Will I stumble? I’m sure I will. And when I do, I will give myself grace. Even Paul acknowledged that he was not perfect nor had he fully arrived spiritually, but he continued to run the race, and I will too. The reward is the honor of being called by God. I can’t think of anything better.
True confession time, I’ve never been a big fan of New Years’ resolutions. As 2013 comes to a close, and you look toward 2014, don’t look at resolutions as something requiring perfection, but rather, an opportunity to pursue personal progress with God’s strength.