Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
I’ve hit the gym 5 days straight… not that I’m counting.
And I’m chalking it up to me not being one of those New Years Resolution guys either. I mean, I started this amazingly life changing streak in 2017, so I’m completely NOT that guy, right? I know… my logic is super flawed.
Let me live in my ignorance…
There are certain aspects of these innocuous plans we make for a new us in a new year that I actually find quite endearing. The idea to strive to become a better ‘me’ is a great goal. I mean we would all benefit in one way or another if everyone made a resolute decision to become better at one thing in our lives. The glaring question that confronts me every year is how come only 8% (I totally Goggle searched this) of people actually keep their personal plans for the New Year? To be completely honest, I’ve never really made a New Years resolution in the past and my current gym time is due to the fact that with -20c weather outside, I’m choosing warmth over me quickly freezing to death outside on the trails.
I had this thought though. I think we need to be careful when we choosing a path to becoming a better us. I know in my past, when I knew something in my life wasn’t in line with who I wanted to be or where I wanted my life to be heading, if I tried to take complete control of it; directed it, spoke to it, tried to tackle it myself, things would always fail miserably.
It’s strange… because I really wanted to be better.
I wanted to get over hurdles. I wanted to make a change in my life that would not only benefit me but those around me. It’s when I tried to tackle an issue in my own strength, that’s when things ended in failure even before a process of ‘fixing’ it began.
I think that anything that is in need of change in our lives, be it a bad habit or just a slight tweak in day to day routine, is worth having others along for the ride. If anything in 2018, I’m resolving to surround myself with a few friends who know my heart and hopes for the future and therefore are more able to speak to my issues and flaws today. There’s a vulnerability that actually will help propel you forward when relying on the help and love of others than if trying to go it alone. I can only accomplish so much in my own strength but it’s when I have others holding my arms up in the harder challenges of life, that’s when you’re more apt to find victory in the battle.
So, this year I’m not too interested in becoming a new me. Sure, taking control of my ever-growing dad bod, staying on top of my reading and learning new disciplines… these are things I’d like to keep in check. I think it’s not about becoming a new me, rather, continuing to be the me that has been allowing God to shape, mold, break and build back up again time and time again.
I’m not putting pressure on it. I’m not putting dates on anything. I’m simply positioning myself and my thoughts where I believe God is calling me. To partner with Him in 2018 for my todays and my tomorrows in the only resolution I really need to live in fullness of life.
So, I hope you’ve had a fantastic holiday season and that this New Year has started off hopeful and happy! Remember; don’t strive to be something or someone you’re not. Set out to be the you that God is pleased with. The you that He smiles upon in the valley and the mountaintop. And… more veggies and a trip to the gym won’t hurt ;)