How do you decide what New Years Resolution to make? Do you give it tons of thought? choose a bad habit you’ve been meaning to quit? or decide to try something new? This year, I was kind of at a loss.
Maybe, I’m taking life more seriously as I get older, but I’m tired of shallow resolutions that don’t become life changes.
Every year, I make the same New Years Resolution – to lose weight. I’m not a whole lot skinnier this year, but at least I’m not going the wrong direction, I suppose.I don't want to make just any resolution this year. I want to make my best New Years Resolution. Click To Tweet
And I’m healthier for the choices I’ve made. I eat more vegetables and try to be more active. It’s biblical to live healthier.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
But I wonder if God is pleased with the time and focus I’ve put into my outward appearance for the past 20 years, time that could have been spent growing in true beauty instead, building my faith.
Rather than consider what New Years Resolution I want to make this year, I asked God what He wanted me to change.
The prayer was barely out of my mouth before I had an answer.
Proverbs 16:9 ESV “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”
My family has been watching Little House on the Prairie on the INSP Network. Watching the blind characters deal with race and appearance has made me wonder how I would look if no one could see.
If we couldn’t see:
- how clean the house is
- how my hair looks
- what size I am
- how nicely I’ve decorated
- my make-up
- how cute my daughter is
Would you see Christ in me if you couldn’t see me? Would I be beautiful if no one could see me? What is the first thing people would see if they couldn’t see me?
My best New Years Resolution would be to live and sound more like Christ.My BEST New Years Resolution is to live more like Christ in every way. Click To Tweet
And God put on my heart that I need to change my heart to soften my tone of voice. I sound stressed and harsh and irritated way too often.
Matthew 12:34b ESV “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”
I know I’ve come a long way in this area, (we have a lot less yelling in my house) but in some ways the change to my attitude and behavior makes the shrill frustration or exhausted irritation more obvious in contrast.
I hear it in my stepson’s voice with his brother and sister. I hear it in my daughter’s voice when she answers back or yells at the cat.
It makes me so sad that I’ve used this aggravated tone so often, the children mimic it.
So even though I plan to keep my children, pets, and husband 😉 , I’m going to let God soften my heart, exploring His word for healing of the hurts in my past, giving him control over my agenda for each day and as a wife, mother, friend, mentor.
God took a stuttering murderer and made him the leader of a nation, a mighty man of God. If God can change and use Moses, He can change and use me to reach my family for Him, by becoming the soft voice of His gentle love calling to them through me.
If I let God direct my steps, this new year will be what He makes it.