What's your New Years resolution?
I've been getting bombarded with that question a lot this year than I have in the past. Honestly, I think it's because the circle around me has gotten older. We aren't 16 anymore, and though we've all made our fair share of mistakes in our adolescent years, over time, we can all attest that we've made some mistakes that we want to be more conscientious about improving. What better way to be intentional than to make resolutions: a list of things that we will do and hope to never do again.
I surely have a list of things I want to improve on. I want to spend more quiet time with God in the first morning light. I want to be more intentional about keeping up with friends who live far away. I want to rest more and be less sensitive about people's negativity. I want to be less glued to my phone, less needy on the sound of the TV while I'm working; less preoccupied when I should be present. I want to ... but will I?
We can plan and set goals but so much of want we want to do is decided upon what we are willing to allow the Lord to do. Are we waiting for His voice or are we just following our own ... or others?
Early in the mornings are the moments I enjoy talking with my dad. Daddy ... that's what I call him and he calls me Cookie. It's a child hood nickname that honestly gets sweeter as I get older. He tells me often, "Cookie, trust God." Basically, what he's saying is, "Katrina, stop trying to control your outcomes."
I think a lot of our so called planning and resolution making is rooted in our controlling tendencies. I'm going to do this. I'm going to make this happen for myself. I'm going to grind and go after that. All ambitious, but where is Jesus? Where is our efforts to seek after what HE would have us do?
What I think we truly ought to be doing is to simply get out of our own way and want more than just to please ourselves. Honestly, most of the resolutions people make don't last longer than the first quarter of the year. Then we give up or forget or make excuses which turns into self judgement and regret and feelings of defeat. That's not a burden we were called to carry. That's not the grace and love of God. He doesn't give us assignments that result in our feeling defeated. He doesn't require us to take on tasks more than what we can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13).
I want to follow Jesus more this year, but this isn't a resolution, it's a spiritual declaration. A truth. I am going to follow Jesus more this year. And I can say this confidently with great expectation because this is a desire that aligns with God's Word and His plan for me. And as I pursue more of Him, He will equip me to accomplish all that He has set out for me to do.
Isn't this what you want as well?
I don’t think I'm going to make any resolutions this year, but I do what to continually speak truth over my life and my circumstances:
-That I am equipped for good work that God has prepared in advance for me to do (Hebrews 13:21)
-That I am purposed and promised and that all good things will work together for me (Romans 8:28)
-That every good and perfect gift comes from God (James 1:17)
-That God is ordering my steps and opening doors for me that I cannot open for myself
What about you? Are you controlling outcomes or are you trusting God for them?
Resolutions have their place, but we have to become women who pray over our efforts and invite the Lord in. If we desire His blessings over our endeavors, maybe we should be sure to include Him in our plans. He desires to be a part. Do we desire to include Him?
Just something to think about throughout the entire year.
Plan well, ladies!