Aaah, the New Year. I donít know about you but I always seem to have mixed feelings about the year to come. I think because it is the UNKNOWN! What will this New Year bring? What joys? What sorrows? What losses? What gains? How strong will my faith be in 2014, I wonder? What resolutions will I keep and what ones will cause me to fall flat on my face?
On the one hand itís exciting to look at a fresh clean year and wonder what it will bring but on the other hand itís scary to think about what might happen and how my world could change. I also have mixed feelings about New Yearís resolutions. I have this love/hate relationship with them. I LOVE New Year resolutions because I can start all over again. The slate is wiped clean and I can begin to conquer some areas in my life that I have wanted to change for a long time. It doesnít matter that I didnít make it last year, what matters now is that a New Year is stretching out before me with new possibilities and new challenges.
On the other hand I HATE New Yearís resolutions. Every time I think about something I want to do thereís this little voice inside my head that whispers, ďYou wonít stick with it, youíre just going to fail so why even try?Ē And then Iím reminded of all the things Iíve tried and failed. For example....for years I was determined to read through the Bible in a year. I would get through the book of Genesis and somehow thatís as far as I would get. I canít tell you how many times I read the book of Genesis!
Fear keeps us from stepping out and trying anything new. It causes us to hold back and play it safe.
In 1 Timothy 1:7 (Amplified Version) it says, ďFor God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.Ē
So this year Ė Iím not holding back, I refuse to play it safe. Iím making a list and trusting in Godís power to enable me to keep them. And if I fail Ė it wonít be the end of the world. Iíll pick myself up, wipe the dust off and try again with God by my side.
What about you? Do you have some resolutions you need to make but have been holding back because of the fear of failure? Step out in faith, place your hand in your Heavenly Fatherís hand and draw your strength from His Power.
Mark Batterson in his book, "In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day", says this: ďFaith is embracing the uncertainties of life!... Embrace relational uncertainty. Itís called romance. Embrace spiritual uncertainty. Itís called mystery. Embrace occupational uncertainty. Itís called destiny. Embrace emotional uncertainty. Itís called joy. Embrace intellectual uncertainty. Itís called revelation.Ē
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didnít do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ĖMark Twain
by Kristi Huseby