I try not to do new year resolutions in the typical sense. They seem to always be hollow semi-goals that I never really even expect to achieve. So, last year I started something new that I intend to repeat this year. I take some time at the end of December to reflect on my goals. Sometimes these are the same goals as the year before and sometimes, I find that God has shifted my goals over the course of the last 12 months. So, I ask myself: Who do I want to be? What do I want to be known for? So, how are these different than resolutions? I think they are based differently. There is also not an end goal. Rather, these are each a continual work at betterment.
These generally start pretty generic and then I have to get specific in order to achieve these. For example, towards the top of my list is always to be compassionate. This is great, but then I have to figure out what that means. What actions, thoughts, perceptions do I need to change to show more compassion?
So, this year, this is where my list is now.
- Be a woman who pursues God.
- This means I am actively seeking Him through prayer, devotions, etc.
- This means I spend enough time quiet to hear Him.
- Get healthier.
- The typical one on most people’s list. For me, this means to stop making excuses. I have a few health conditions that make this really, really difficult. However, I cannot use this as an excuse not to try to make healthier decisions.
- Show God’s love to others more/Risk more for God.
- I do this in some ways really well, but there are also times when I don’t do this well.
- Usually when I don’t do it, it’s because I feel awkward or like people won’t understand me. I need to let this go. I need to be willing to let people see me as they will. Risk more of my emotional security for Him.
- Spread joy.
- I naturally see the good in things. However, I can also get caught up in negative talk – especially at work. I want to try to steer conversations towards joy/positivity and not keep the negative going.