As soon as the new year begins, many of us set personal goals, to do lists, and even desires that we’d like to meet and achieve. Whether it’s being happy, saving money, losing weight, or just something downright personal.
Maybe, we have different goals, but one thing that’s right is that we each have desires to better ourselves, and that’s great. The problem is, it seem like every single new year, we’re excite and overwhelmed with joy at the plans we’ve made for ourselves (I know that actually sounds like a good thing attempting to sound bad, but just hang on). But somehow, as the year progresses, eventually it seems as if those desires surpass us, and many of us slowly give up. We then enter into, “This was my worst year.” or “Next year will be better.”
Let’s be honest, we’ve all done this. I myself have unfortunately fallen short to this and am guilty beyond measure. But what exactly was the cause of such hot desire turning cold? Did we happen to fall and have such a hard time getting up, that those desires slipped away? Did things just get too hard and we began to doubt ourselves and gave up? How can we steer away from doubt this year and remain persuaded and consistent?
Do they tie in with the Word of God?
First, let’s examine our desires and digest the pro’s and con’s of them. Do they tie in with the Word of God? Does God approve of your desires? The Bible lets us know that: “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9 KJV) Have you ever made a decision that was pretty much without God’s ok, and things went completely wrong? I’ve done this too many times to count! I say this because, our personal desires that may feel so right and meant to be, just honestly may not be what God wants for us. That’s why it’s so important to stay in constant contact with God and pray about every decision before we officially make one. In all things, acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.
Procrastination or fear?
Some us of are just downright procrastinators, and some of us are afraid to take risks. Whichever one, after you’ve received God’s approval, start taking the steps and don’t stop! Success doesn’t just happen over night, it is a complete, horrific, overwhelming process. But it’s all worth it in the end, and usually, you’re on the right path and building an outstanding, firm, work ethic. I remember when I first started blogging, and I would write for hours up until 3 am, check my stats and find that no one read what I put so much hard work into. I would get so discouraged, but I couldn’t give up because I knew God wanted me to write. So, this year no matter where the waters take you, continue to keep your head above them, and be lead by God.
Indulge Yourself in Prayer and the Word of God Every Single Day This Year.
Yes, I said it! Every single day this year, indulge yourself into God’s Word and let Him feed you all of his goodness. Delight yourself in Him and He will delight Himself in you. Sometimes, our plans fail because we draw back from God and want to figure everything out for ourselves. The Bible tells us to make God the center of everything, to acknowledge Him in all ways, and to love Him with all of our hearts, minds, and souls. He knew that we would get encouraged, and that’s why He supplied us with His Word to stay encouraged. God loves you, and knows the plans that he has for you, to prosper you, to strengthen you. But how can He do that if we don’t allow Him to? Start fresh this year with God and remain persuaded, and watch him direct your paths. Stay blessed. Xoxo.