“New Year, New Me”. This is a phrase that I have seen on many social media posts since the ringing in of the New Year. People are reflecting on the past year, making new years resolutions, and already making a list of things that they want to change about the year to come.
As I have sat and thought about the things that I want to altar about this next year I am quickly getting overwhelmed. I am feeling pressure about my health, school, relationships, and even my spiritual life. This season of “New Year, New Me” has turned into “New Year, Better Me”.
We live in a world that is constantly changing and growing, but we quickly forget that we must live for a God who is constant, never changing, and steadfast.
“He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” // Hebrews 13:8
While thinking about things I wanted to change, I realized it was all selfish desires that arose from comparing my life to others. I believed the things the world was telling me I needed to change and things that I needed to have. To name a few, I believed that I needed a perfect body, picture perfect relationships, and have my entire future planned out by the time I graduate (which is in 2018, I have PLENTY of time, and so do you!).
This year, instead of looking at the world for how you should change your life:
· Go before the Lord with an eager and teachable spirit to be changed by Him.
· Allow the Lord to carve you and mold you into the woman He has planned for you to be.
· Let go of old habits and be overcome by the spirit of the Lord.
· Quit living by the standards set by the world and fill your mind and thoughts with Jesus.
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” // Romans 12:1-2 MSG
God doesn’t want you to stress about the things you want to change about yourself physically, but how He is growing in you spiritually. This year, focus on growing in your spiritual walk with Christ instead of focusing on what the world tells you to do.
My anthem this year is “Give Me Jesus”. When the world surrounds me, I want to run towards the one whom my hope, delight, purpose, and salvation is securely found in. Let us join together on this adventure of increasing attentiveness to the Lords presence.
Abby // @abbystrahle