Why I Decided Not To Make A New Year’s Resolution

This year I am doing things a little differently.

If you know me, the title of this post probably made you laugh because I never actually keep New Year’s resolutions when I make them anyways. Maybe that’s because the only ones I make are outrageously unattainable, like “travel the world in 30 seconds.”

But that isn’t the reason I decided not to make any this year.

Like most people, I have always started the new year focusing on myself. What am I going to do this year? What am I going to change? Who am I going to meet? Where will I end up? 

“New Year, New Me”

But focusing on ourselves eventually gets exhausting and stressful. Our eyes and efforts have been trained to zero in on standards, successes and failures that define who we are and how much we are worth. In the blink of an eye life can become a self-centered mission revolving around the pursuit of something that’s never enough. “New Me” often brings gifts that hinder our joy and ability to share Jesus with others.

In the blink of an eye life can become a self-centered mission revolving around the pursuit of something that’s never enough.

I am not saying New Year’s resolutions are bad – they can be awesome and healthy. But even when we accomplish our goals, there’s always something else waiting that needs to be fixed. Goals alone can’t sustain a secure reality.

That’s why I am changing my mindset. I am choosing to enter this new year with open hands and eyes focused on my only constant, asking Him what HE wants to do this year.

“New Year, Same God.” 

Sounds cheesy, huh? That’s because we have once again turned a lifeline into a cute band-aid phrase. This concept isn’t meant to be another Instagram caption. It’s meant to be a lifestyle.

What would life look like if we started this year with God in the priority box instead of ourselves? What if we decided to look for Him first instead of quick fixes, hungry to learn about the standard that’s already been met by the cross and seeking the One who accomplished the success our identity is solidified in? I am not talking about just reading our Bibles (critical piece though). I am talking about a heart posture – a true pursuit with an open heart and eyes that desire to see Him in everything and everyone.

What would life look like if we started this year with God in the priority box instead of ourselves?

Self-improvement may cause the number on the scale to drop and increase the break-dancing skills (the latter is my sister’s resolution…she’s the coolest), but it won’t proclaim Jesus from the top of a mountain so others can hear, nor will it allow Him to be King of our hearts. Bettering ourselves is great. But we need Him to do that anyways.

So while we focus on the new budget, let’s also focus on the number of people we are intentionally pouring into. Hours of sleep can be a priority, but let’s make sure time spent with God comes first. The fastest way to fix and endure things is to focus on the only One who can make all things possible.

I dare you to join me in praying this prayer as we kick off the new year: Jesus, help me put what you want to do before what I want to do and give me motivation to pursue you over worldly successes. 

Bring it on, 2018.

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