The New Year can feel like an exciting yet daunting time to even the most motivated of people. It is eye opening to take a look back at the past year and see what accomplishments were achieved, areas where we grew and, unfortunately, goals that were abandoned. The guilt associated with the lack of follow-through or in some cases complete lack of effort tends to make us feel prompted to make crazy resolutions like becoming Miss Fitness USA or learning to speak three new languages. It’s important to take some time to evaluate and plan what new ventures we might like to tackle versus being motivated by trends or emotions. More importantly, we need to consider how God desires for us to see our new year.
In our past unfulfilled goals we tend to see failure, but could it be misguided desires? What if we decided to start concentrating on learning how to use our God-given gifts instead of trying to give ourselves new ones?
It seems engrained in us to compare ourselves to others and wish for the talents and abilities they have. We tend to forget that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made”. In Ephesians 2:10 we are told that “We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” This is a lot to process! Not only are we the very best of what He has ever created but He created us with specific tasks planned for only us to accomplish. And in God’s infinite perfection, He also has given us the gifts and talents it will take for us to do those things.
When we find our place in the body of Christ by embracing the abilities God has already given us, it far surpasses any new skill you could teach yourself. It is amazingly fulfilling to take what God has gifted to you and put it to work, letting Him use it as it was intended. So before we make a long list of all our shortcomings from 2015 and all that we vow to do in 2016, let’s go to God and ask Him what He thinks. Let 2016 be the year you make it your mission to become who God truly means you to be. My personal experience is a deep feeling of satisfaction when I put my goals in alignment with my given abilities and His will.