What are you resolved to be this year? Now I don’t mean phat or slim, I mean intentional or the accidental life tourist! Living is just too important to allow others to do the planning for you. Do you have a plan for this year?
Resolutions aren’t just for the politically motivated, they are also for those of us who sense God’s call upon our lives. Usually we are asked what do you want to be when you grow up? And that is what Presbyterians retranslate as who is God calling you to be this year?
I realize there are life coaches, life Bible verses and life decisions we are urged to make but I’m just asking you about this year. What has God revealed to you in your prayer life as the new thing you are called to be this year? I’ll let you decide the what and how about a prayer life, (look for clues in future blogs and Christian education offerings) but seriously, who are you going to be this year?
I’ve reinvented myself millions of times! I’ve had life choices which made me a dad, a step dad, a husband (not in that order!), and I’ve dealt with illness,
death of family members and job loss. There are some things I have no control over but there are many more things I have total control over. And one of them is my identity.
Wouldn’t it be exciting to introduce yourself to one aspect of your personality you’ve not explored before? Maybe you are shy about that one part of you that never gets to be heard. Or perhaps there is that seldom used gift which is so natural you take it for granted, which could be celebrated this year.
Have you considered making a difference for Christ this year in a way you’ve never tried before? Pray about that. Ask God to show you one way you could be a new you this year. Let it be natural and not super weird! But let it be part of you that you do for someone else. Make it simple, like volunteering to help at Foundation House or Madrona Park East.
And tell me what you’ve heard from God. Remember, this new year resolution thing is not all on your shoulders through a single resolution. It’s about a whole community lifting your spirit by changing the world for Christ, one person at a time.
With love, Will