Don’t focus on resolutions, but instead on how God is going to shine through you in 2014. Lisa shares.
“Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what He has done for me.” (Psalm 66:16)
The commercials have already begin. Weight loss, exercise equipment, and goals, goals, goals! For those of us with illness we are physically–and maybe emotionally–flat on our back. Talk of resolutions to be better, do more, improve something–can quickly make us more discouraged than ever.
So. . . stop. You are among friends here at Rest Ministries. In fact, we should have a contest to see who keeps up their holiday decorations the longest (I think last year there were still some up at Easter time.)
Goals and resolutions can be a nice idea, but they often set us up for more failure if we attempt to practice them before we are ready. Rather than thinking about what you can do I encourage you to instead rest.
Just. Rest. For. Now.
And as you rest, consider God’s faithfulness. Reflect on how You saw Him active in your life last year.
How did He surprise you? What did He teach you? How did He comfort you? How did He test you?
How did each of things factors contribute to how your testimony changed in the last twelve months?
Yes, illness is in our bodies. But God is in our soul. Perhaps illness changed your physical self last year. Maybe it even changed who you are emotionally. But how did God use all of this to mold you, refine you, use you to comfort another?
As the world tells us to improve ourselves so that we can have a better life, instead listen for God’s voice. Ask Him where He would have you put your energies in 2014 to bring Him glory. How will the testimony He has given you be part of who you will become this year? What a glorious way to start a new year!
Prayer: As the pressures to do more begin, Lord, help me remember that You are at work in my life it is an opportunity for You to shine this year. Amen.
About the author:
Lisa Copen is the founder of Rest Ministries and has lived with rheumatoid arthritis for the last twenty years. She is gradually learning how to put aside the world’s demand and use her energy for that which God calls her to do.
Does it help to put aside the pressure of New Year’s resolutions and instead concentrate on how God will shine through you in 2014?
Do you feel free to be you–exactly who God created you to be? I hope you enjoy this song by Francesca Battistelli, “Free To Be Me.” We each can decide what kind person we want to be–one who allows fears to rule our lives or one who trusts that God has it under control.