Okay, it’s 2020. A new year. And with the new year comes fresh goals, resolutions, words and whatever other else will help you feel fresh and new. But wait, can we just stop for a second and have a little chat?
New Year, New You!
I don’t know what it is about the new year, whether it be the fresh pages of a new calendar or the excitement of saying goodbye to a year gone by – but it seems everyone has something to say. Some people want to diet to lose weight, or to focus on family more, or to exercise and eat less pizza. Let’s be real, sometimes the goals we set for ourselves every January 1st are a tad bit silly. (I mean, who could really give up pizza?)
I’m as much into the “new year, new you” phenom as anyone. I would love to have a little personal reset and refresh. But sometimes, we don’t get our priorities in the right order. Shouldn’t we care more about what our heart looks like than what our body does?
New Year, New Who?
When I’m making my new year resolutions and looking at changes that I need to make, I don’t want things to fizzle out. I remember going swimming at the YMCA one January and overhearing someone complaining about the influx of new people. Her companion responded “don’t worry, in another month all these people will stop coming. This is just what happens in the new year.” Sadly, she was right. A lot of the time our plans fade, we haven’t changed and often we don’t remember what we had resolved to do in the first place.
Let’s make a new plan – let’s care less about what we look like and what others think about us, and focus on the only thing that truly matters in this life. Let’s focus on becoming who Jesus wants us to be. Let’s align our hearts with His plan and see where that takes us.
Maybe that looks like opening your Bible every day and reading through a yearly plan. Maybe it looks like studying the Bible. Maybe it means devoting yourself to prayer. It could mean joining a weekly small group and being in community with other believers. Or maybe it’s just you opening your heart and mind to all that He has in store for you.
New Year, New Hue
In this new year, we should consider how we can become more Christlike. What can we do shape our character and be more like Jesus? Let’s look to scripture:
The Bible teaches us how to pray. Matthew 6:6-13, Mark 11:24, John 15:7, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Philippians 4:6-8, James 5:16, Romans 8:26, 1 John 5:14.
Scripture teaches us how to live. Proverbs 3:5-6, Matthew 4:4, Romans 22:1-2, Galatians 2:20, 1 Peter 3:8-12, Hebrews 3:5.
The Word teaches us how to love. Matthew 5:44-45, Matthew 22:37-40, Romans 5:8, John 14:21-24, 1 John 4:8, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
These are not exhaustive lists, rather just a few to point you to scripture. In this new year, maybe you can find some more and share them in the comments below.