It’s finally a new year. Time to start fresh, build better habits, and be the best version of you. If it didn’t happen in 2017, or 2018, it will surely happen in 2019.
Do you want to lose weight? Manage your money better? Quit smoking? Stress less? Take a wild trip?
These are some common New Years resolutions. While these are great things to work on, one resolution that seems to be at the bottom of many priority lists is building better faith.
What are your priorities? Where are you at in your faith? Do you have a relationship with God? If not, have you ever thought about it?
I’m not trying to preach at anyone because everyone has their own ways of being and people who do find the Lord find Him at their own times and at their own paces. But, I do encourage you to think about where you’re at in this area of your life. We all want to get fit, eat better, have more money, and feel less stressed. But we often forget about our spiritual health. We forget to think about how we can make more time for the Word or spend more time praying for others or open up a brand new world of following Jesus.
Focusing on this area of our well-being and spending more time with the Lord makes a HUGE difference in how we see the world. Believe me, I’ve been in the “Not sure how I feel about faith, I’m going to avoid it” boat and the “I want to do what He wants me to do and work on being a better christian” boat and number two trumps number one with flying colors. Number two is a beautiful place to be. Personally, it motivates me. It makes me want to improve other areas of my life. It gives me purpose. It makes me feel at peace and content even during the times of chaos. And the more time I’ve spent with Jesus, the more intense these feel-good feelings get.
As we celebrate the New Year today, think about your resolutions. I encourage you to commit to a workout, work on stress relief, get involved in a money management program, go on that impulsive trip you’ve been craving, but don’t forget the most important piece of your life that holds you together. Don’t forget your Creator. The One who walks along side of you during all of these resolutions. The One who wants to get to know you better. The One who is waiting for you to open your heart up to Him and let Him work on you and through you. Let 2019 be a year of spiritual growth.
Thank you for another year of life. Another year to create, appreciate, and achieve. Let 2019 be one for the books. I pray that people see You in a new and deeper light this year. I pray that non-believers find your love, and that believers dive deeper in their faith. Thank you for health, safety, freedom, and a fresh start. Amen.