Another chance to set new goals and aspirations for the next chunk of time ahead of us?
New Year, New You?
I don’t know when it became normal to start setting goals, targets, resolutions (whatever you want to call them) in January, but part of me likes it, and part of me doesn’t. As someone who struggles with perfectionism, setting goals I know I may not keep felt as if I was setting myself up for failure. That said; I’ve come to realise that there’s more to life than a checklist, or finding my self-worth in ticked boxes or letters on a piece of paper – and so when it comes down to it, goals can be a really good way of re-focusing.
“There’s more to life than a checklist, or finding my self-worth in ticked boxes.”
And so that’s the approach I tried to take last year – and will be doing so again now. They may be sentences, or statements, some with clearly defined objectives, others maybe not so. Either way – there’s a way to take stock, re-evaluate where I’m at and what season I’m in, and give some direction to where I want to take this year. Ultimately though, I’m not in control – God is. He could take this year in directions I’m totally not expecting – and so if I’m seeking Him, rather than my own goals – I’m more likely to be able to cling on if (or when) things get rocky.
A Season of Change
Last year I set out with Proverbs 3:5-6 as my motto and life truth. Learning how to trust God – in all circumstances, is a lifelong lesson, but it was good to make a start in making that a priority no matter where I was.
This year, or at least for the time being, I feel as if I’m in a season of change. A time where God is at work; and while I don’t quite know what He’s up to, I know things may be looking different. And that’s why, I’m choosing this verse for the time being. It’s something that feels right – and relevant, and is important to remember.
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19
Sometimes, knowing that God’s up to something and not knowing what it is, is hard, and requires us to trust fully in knowing that His plans for us are good. While I may not know what’s going on, or be in control, I’m being challenged in surrender, each and every day.
- Seek JOY. Joy in all circumstances; and not get it confused with happiness. Cling to Nehemiah 8:10 that says “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
- Read the Bible more – make it like picking up any other book; that’s how normal I’d love for it to be.
- Invest more in people. In friends, but also in those who sometimes I miss. For the people who we say “we should get coffee sometime” – I want to actually follow through with that.
- Discover where my identity lies – (in God) – and reach a point where that becomes second nature. I long to be secure and held in His promises for my life.
- Remember how to rest – and that it’s okay to say ‘no’.
- Equally, I want to be more willing to say ‘yes’ to things that would otherwise terrify me.
- Drink more tea.
- Learn how to surrender.
- Give thanks more – for all things.
- Continue to explore and settle at university – while rediscovering my love for studying and academics.
- Navigate the balance of study and life without getting too stressed.
- Learn how to be a witness in ALL aspects of life; including academics.
- Find more courage to talk more in tutorials (and not feel over-shadowed or inadequate)
- Prioritise blogging in amongst all other aspects of life at university – because it’s important.
- Seek God in how I use this platform – ultimately I want to glorify Him through my words.
- Learn SEO and what it means (yes, I didn’t touch this at all last year)
- Stay true to my tag line; reflect.explore.inspire – making sure that in all I do, it is holding to one of those.
Ultimately – I don’t want to underestimate what God can do; because I know He uses ALL things. If I’m trying to seek Him in all areas of my life, I know that I’ll soon see changes.
“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
I’m dedicating 2019 to the Lord and laying it down in His hands.
Here’s to seeing where He takes me (and you, if you’ll come along for the ride!)