The month of January has almost come to an end. What have you accomplished so far? Have you stuck to the list of New Years Resolutions you’ve made? Or did you give up the first week?
If I were to be honest with you, I would admit that I haven’t kept to all the resolutions I’ve made. The second week of the month, I made a change in my priorities. I didn’t feel like the New Years Resolutions I’ve made were really made for me. I kinda followed the crowd if you’ll say. I wanted to do what everyone was doing but that didn’t last long.
At the beginning of the year, I made my self a list of Bible verses I would reflect on throughout the year. During these 25 days, the following four verses heavy impacted my life.
“So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom”
“Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps”
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
These past few weeks, I’ve been so busy but I made it a priority to make time for God in my everyday life no matter how busy I am. I’ve seen Him at work in more ways than one, in my everyday life. The little things I would usually never notice, I would see God’s hand in that situation. I’ve learned to leave things that have past, in the past. God is making something new everyday and if I let Him, I can witness it in my own life. And so can you.
I’m truly happy that I decided to forgo some of my resolutions. By doing so, I’ve realized a few things:
- Just because others are doing something, that doesn’t mean you should to.
- You don’t have to have the same goals you did the year before. (it’s a New Year, you ARE allowed to change it up if you want)
- You’re a different person now than you were at the begin of the previous year.
- Your resolutions CAN be fun, they don’t have to be serious all the time. For example, you could’ve set one that said ‘go sky-diving this year’ (which I didn’t but added to my new and improved list!)
- Do my resolutions bring me closer to God? Does it help make my relationship with Him stronger?
It’s important for you to track your progress throughout the year (and I’m not talking about New Years Resolutions here. I’m talking about life) It seems like just yesterday we were welcoming the New Year and now almost one whole month has gone by.
So far this year, I finished Real Estate School, got my Real Estate License, getting good grades in college, got a new job in my career, etc. And I did all of this within 25 days. If I managed my time better, I could have accomplished far more but I’m happy with how much I did to date. However for next month, I’m going to take things up another level. I figure if i keep following this process til the end of the year, I’ll accomplish far more than I thought possible.
The main thing that I’ve realized is that none of this would be possible without God. In every one of those accomplishments listed above, I asked God for help in everyone of them. As you can see, He hasn’t let me down yet. If you seek God in every situation, you won’t fail to find Him there.