Happy New Year everyone!
I wanted to take some time this morning reflecting on 2014 and possible obstacles we may encounter in 2015. I always expect to see many resolutions on New Years, so why is it that when the next New Year comes around, a lot of those same resolutions are repeated?
I find one of the greatest errors we make is...procrastination. Whatever our resolution may be:
-Grow deeper in my walk with God
-Be more fit
-Eat more whole foods
-Progress in my career
-Spend more time with my family
That same list of 9-10 things...is on the same list of 2015, 2016, and 2017...what gets in the way?
Like I mentioned in my previous post, we live in a world filled with distractions and "good" things that steal away our time, attention, and energy. Personally, I feel that 2014 has been a challenging year of growth for me in my relationship with God. As I read my January 1st of 2014 journal entry, this was my prayer:
"Lord, This year I want to be baptized completely by your Holy Spirit. I will not hold anything back. Take all that I have: my finances, my health, my job, my marriage, my home, my family, my comfort, my social life, my passions, my "stuff", and social media because it is all meaningless unless you are being glorified in it. I pray that this year would be year of spiritual fitness. As I am studying to be a fitness trainer (before I got certified) may I be strong, bold, confident, selfless, radical in abandonment as I study Your Word. May I use my time wisely this year that it would be spent in being discipled by You, discipling others, sharing Your gospel with the lost, caring for others' needs before my own, and saying no to myself and yes to You EVERY time.
To sum it up there have been 3 big lessons in 2014:
1) Finding contentment in Christ alone-->Through my heel injury and not being able to work out the same way for nearly 6 months I was faced with the question of "Is God enough even when...."
2) Learning to die to myself--> John 15 is one of my favorite passages about the Vine and the branches and recognizing that I am one with the Vine...that's my identity and it requires selflessness (that's another blog post for another time)
3) Humility-->I have issues with pride...and it's subtle pride which makes it more challenging but God has been pruning (painful but beautiful process) and revealing it so He can begin healing it (if I let Him).
Let's be real for a moment. We are not even guaranteed tomorrow, friends. Yes, it is great to have yearly goals and hopes...but reality is, why wait for tomorrow to start working toward your goal? Don't wait. The biggest regret I think most people have on their death bed is wasting time doing foolish and meaningless things. Don't wait for tomorrow. Live for HIM today. Is your goal to pray more? Drop whatever you're doing and spend time with Him right now. Is your goal to share your testimony with more people? When you're out today (grocery store, gas station, I don't care where) I encourage you to testify of His goodness in your life. Is your goal to honor God with the way you and eat and take care of your body? Find time for a short walk today and a healthier option for your lunch! My point is: Just do something...NOW.
I can promise you this, a life devoted to Jesus Christ is never wasted and always filled with His joy, peace, strength, love, and grace no matter the circumstance.
A Bit About ME!
Hey friend! My name is Caren and I am so glad you stopped by! This blog is a bit of my corner on the internet where I share honest thoughts about my faith journey, fitness journey, doctor wife journey, and motherhood journey. ALL of it! The good bad and ugly! I pray that something I share encourages you today!