It’s that time again…you know? The one where you make all of the New Year resolutions you know you won’t keep. You might feel determined right now, but as soon as you hit the gym on Monday you’ll start wondering what in the world were you thinking?! So that got me thinking…a dangerous pastime, I know. I’m not going to make resolutions. At least not those kinds of resolutions. Yes, I will try to eat healthier, exercise, and save more money than I spend. But those will not be my main goals because they become just another task I have to cross on my list. My main goal this year is simply to work on my relationship with God. I have three ideas that might help me in doing that.
The first thing I want to focus on is hope more. This past year I would hardly dare to hope for anything for fear of being disappointed. In most changes in my life this past year it’s almost as if I passed through them in a daze…numb. The Lord knows I had big changes. I lost my job in February, started a new one in April, and a few months later moved away to go to college! Don’t get me wrong, I was excited about starting a new job and going to school. But I was also afraid. Afraid I couldn’t do it, afraid I would fail, afraid I wouldn’t make friends. And I was blessed beyond anything I could have imagined! I succeeded at my job, had high grades in school, and made the most wonderful friends I could ask for! So one of my goals is to hope for more. Because if I hoped for nothing but not to fail and He blessed me this much, imagine if I hope for more!
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” – Ephesians 3:20-21
The second thing I want to focus on is have faith in God. This goes along with hoping. What’s the point in hoping if you don’t have faith? Then you’ll truly end up disappointed. I understand that the Lord will not give me all I hope for sometimes, but I have to have faith that He will take care of me and His plans are better than mine. I may not get what I want, but He may decide to give me something better! Even is the answer is “no”, we need to have faith in God to be able to live life the way He intended us to. After all, we serve an awesome God. If He’s working on our behalf, then what’s the worst that could happen?
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” – Jeremiah 17:7-8
The third and last thing I want to focus on in 2015 is love all. That means to love God, my brothers and sisters in Christ, family and friends, myself, and also those that make it difficult to love them. A lot of times those that are the hardest to love are the ones that need it the most. I mentioned in an earlier post that I don’t open up to people very often. I don’t have to tell everyone everything I’m doing or how I’m feeling about certain situations, but I do want to show everyone that I care about them, no matter who they are. Being open is not about letting everyone know your business, it’s about being available to other people when they need someone. Everyone is a soul that can be saved. What if their choice to follow Jesus is dependent on how we love them? I don’t want to be the reason they don’t follow Jesus. I want to help them follow Jesus. Also, I want my family and friends to have no doubt that I love them!
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” – 1 John 4:7-8
Keeping these three things in mind, hope, faith, and love, I want to grow closer to God and to the people around me. Of course I’ll still have my list of things to do, such as eating healthier and exercising(ha!) and such. I do believe if I keep these main three things in mind and studying His Word, the rest will fall into place. I hope you and yours have a great 2015!
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13