New Year Resolutions
As the new year begins, so many of us make resolutions or promises to ourselves and our futures. A resolution according to the Google Dictionary, is a firm decision to do or not to do something. Many of these resolutions go unfulfilled each year, so I am struggling as this new begins to decide whether I will make any promises to myself for 2018. Or, I could just choose to be happy, grow closer to my Father, and just Be Me!. I am leaning toward the latter decision, but I stumble at Being Me because how easy will it be for me to actually be me. Can I even be true to myself?
I have to stop and be honest here. Coming out of the New Year, I look in the mirror and struggle to find love for myself. The holidays are not always physically nice to me, and especially on the scales, but as I work to make a decision on a resolution, keeping the ultimate resolution of weight loss also on my mind, I found this quote…
To be honest, after reading the quote, I added the Be Awesome, Be You, it seemed like a perfect ending. I believe that this quote means that if I can Be Me, then I will not have anything to really worry about from the scale. If I put Me first, and work to bring deeper meaning to my life then the scale will take care of itself. I know I need to be conscious of it, but not driven by it. I need to stop the worry of the scale and Be Me!
“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 is a direct reminder to seek the Lord to find the happiness that my heart desires. 2018 will be a year for me to really work harder on my relationship with the Lord. I seek his love and path for me, and will spend more time praying for his guidance in my life.
Relationship with the Lord
James 4:8 reads, “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” This is a promise from scripture that if I want deeper relationship with the Lord then God will meet me. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, “Pray without ceasing”. As I enter the new year I will pray. My constant prayer will be to build a stronger relationship with the Lord and the promise of Jeremiah 29:11 will be more fruitful, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
This will be my new year resolution for 2018. I will seek who I am. I will stop allowing society and others to drive and determine who I am, but will turn inward and dig to find the scattered pieces inside that make me – ME. I will seek the presence of my Father even more. I pray for his guidance in walking a path of self discovery. I have let the world create Me and somewhere along the way, I believe pieces of me have been lost. Psalm 139:13-14 reminds me that God is my creator, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” God knows my heart and he created me, so together we can find ME. I believe the beginning of a new year is about reflection and moving forward and that is the path I am going to choose to Be Me. Happy New Year.
Closing Verse: You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you. Song of Solomon 4:7
Challenge: Seek Yourself! Be Awesome! Be You!