2017—a New Year; a New You?

So many of us make New Year’s Resolutions. Most of which, are forgotten by the end of January. New Year’s Restorations. So I would like to suggest an alternate course of action for 2017.

View this coming calendar year as the next chapter in your life. Not something significantly different from 2016, just the Next Chapter in the book of your life.

Let’s not make it about the things you do in your life, the things you want to change: rather, let’s make it about who you Are. Let’s say that 2017 is a year where you can recreate yourself, become a new person, let go of past failures and successes and start fresh as a totally different person. STOP who you’ve been: START who you want to be.

The first obstacle you will face are your old destructive habits. Make a decision to STOP them. The second obstacle you will face is the perception of you that other people hold. You cannot change their perception. You can change who you want to be. Pray they catch up. (Note: they may not.)

The important thing is that you first make a conscious decision to become the new you that you aspire to be. The next thing is to address those areas of your life that inhibit you from becoming that person. END resentment, retaliation, proving yourself to people, etc. You don’t have to win. You do not have to be right. What you HAVE TO DO is make a difference.Even if your calling is held in suspicion by others, you must fulfill God’s calling and design upon your life.

What? You say you don’t know what it is? Maybe it’s because you are playing it too safe. Becoming a new you will take a great effort. Do not think that you will simply float into becoming a new person. You will not. CHANGE takes effort, as does any responses to change.

My advice in this effort is secondary to what God suggests— Commit your works to the Lord, and your plans will be established. (Proverbs 16:3)

Trust God…, and step out in fear and trembling.

 

May this New Year see a new you, and may your friends catch up quickly,

Gary

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