For many, a brand new year triggers changes. People make promises to themselves that they are going to lose weight, go to the gym, get out of debt, spend more time with God, etc. Do you make New Year’s resolutions?
My Husband asked me the other day if I have any New Year’s resolutions, and I told him no. It’s not that there aren’t things that I want to improve on, or that there isn’t anything that I want to do this upcoming year differently, because there is. I want to work on being a more patient and loving mother, a more attentive wife, and a better Christian. I want to spend more time developing a relationship with God, and serve more. I want to save money, and start the necessary steps to begin nursing school. But, these aren’t things that I need to start improving on and working towards January 1st. Most of these are things that I’ve been working on.
Sometimes I feel like we put too much pressure on ourselves, when all we really need to do is strive daily to be the best version of ourselves that we can be. We overcomplicate things, and when we don’t reach certain goals we’ve set for ourselves we feel like we’ve failed. Sure, going to the gym sounds like a great way to shed those extra pounds, but there will be some people who go to the gym and still don’t lose the extra weight they want to lose. This doesn’t mean they failed, but some might feel like they did.
This is why I encourage you, if you want to make a resolution for this year, to make it simple. Spend this year becoming the best version of yourself that you can be. Does it matter how much weight you lose? No. But, it does matter that you are taking the necessary steps to get there. This is where growth comes from.
I pray that throughout this brand new year that you recognize where God is leading you, because He will guide you into the person He wants you to be.