I love New Years resolutions! I think for me it’s because I actually love the idea of self improvement and intentionality. Yes, resolutions, I make them every year. Heck, I make them about every other Sunday and on every birthday too! Lol 😂
I have plenty of things in my life I want to resolve to do better. Be better. I want to live well.
For example, last year one of my resolutions was to have lunch with a friend at least once a week. Failed that one. I didn’t hit 52, but the 10-15 lunches I did make space to enjoy were still worth it. I’ll try again in 2018.
Yesterday I was thinking about what I would declare and resolve to myself as I entered the new year. There are some pretty good options centered around pursuing and protecting healthy relationships, fitness and healthy eating, the desire to write more thank you cards, budgeting, spending less time distracted, refraining from emotional reactions, and one of my favorites- shopping more often! (Really I actually do need to do that!)
But here is what I decided:
In 2018, my simple desire is to be lead by the Spirit.
To me, it’s similar to how the “love your neighbor as yourself” law can sum up and cover all the others. — If I truly allow the Holy Spirit to be my leader, my guide, my protection… all those other things will be on the other side of that one single decision.
Our Good Good Father enjoys and delights in giving us good gifts. (Matthew 7:11) Health and prosperity in our body—( but beginning in our soul) is a promise we can pursue. (3 John 1:2)
He has given us his peace. (John 14:27). He has promised us the power of love and a sound mind, delivering us from fear. (2 Timothy 1:7)
I could go on with this all inclusive and comprehensive list found through the scriptures….But my point is simple. Jesus is enough. Resolve to be more near to your Creator. Stop pursuing auto-correct and behavior modification. Stop trying to be good enough. Stop trying to earn your affirmation through performance and people pleasing. We can do it on our own.
The one simple truth is that everything we need for life and godliness is found in Him (2 Peter 1:3).
So I am sticking with Romans 8:14, that declares one of the promises of the Holy Spirit is that He will leads us. John 16:13 assures me that He will show us things to come. My only goal this year is to arrange my life where I have more silence, time, relationship and obedience so that I may be lead by the Spirit.
Great things ahead in 2018, and I am placing my hand in the hands of the One who will lead, guide, and protect me! And that’s enough oh, that’s really so much!
Sincerely, I wish you a peaceful and content, Happy New year! Full of gratitude and joy, let’s do this!