The New Living Translation
New Year’s Values

“Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil” (Proverbs 4:25-27, NLT).

The New Year brings new hope. A promise. We have the ability to run and chase our dreams. I know I’m not the only one who has made New Year’s Resolutions and then broke them two weeks later. That’s why I choose values instead. Unlike resolutions, I actually keep them! Every year I choose three values that represent parts of me I want to change. Gaps that expose the gross parts of me. Or a lie I’ve been believing for way too long.

In 2007 I started life mapping. It wasn’t something I read about in a book. I knew it was God nudging me to change a few things about myself. The verse He gave me was Proverbs 4:25-27. Basically, how to start on a straight path and finish well. I needed it. I wanted it.

I specifically remember that year. It was one of the hardest and most distracting years of my life. Thanks to my determination I went on to gradate college (Biola University), get my dream job, and start a writing career.

Sometimes we’re afraid of new beginnings because it equals change. We’re afraid of it. We hide (I know I do). Run. Or stop acknowledging what needs to be done because it’s too overwhelming. Maybe you don’t even know where to begin. But the exercise of facing the challenges of a new beginning and embracing them through core values is so rewarding.

This year, my values are: Fruitful, Inheritance, and Glory.

I want to be fruitful in the land of my suffering. God hasn’t allowed me an easy life, but I continue to trust in Him and walk the path He has for me.

I know God’s called me to walk in my parents’ legacy and leave an inheritance of my own. I think the single, most painful thing about this value is that I don’t (yet) have a family of my own. I know that God doesn’t leave me or forsake me, and He doesn’t need our help! I think I’m most excited about this one. And scared!

I want to see God’s glory. I have been blessed with so much in my lifetime. And I’m only 28. Because of the experiences God has given me, and how much I desire for more–it’s time for me to stop focusing on my needs and wants and focus on the glory of God.

I look forward to all God has in store this year.

What about you?

What are your values? Resolutions?

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Dear Jesus,

Thank You for a new year. Help us to be mindful of how far we’ve come and where we’re headed. Remind us when we fall short. Show us a straight path. so we can walk in it! Thank You that we are not alone. In Jesus’ Name.


3 Responses to “New Year’s Values”
6th January, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Thank you Renee for giving us a view into your life. I like the new year values from you. This is a great idea.
My life is changing so much since last year that it is sometimes overwhelming. I’m 42 and just got saved last year. I think I need to focus on what I started. One of my values will be: Spread the good news. When I go shopping I ask the cashiers if there is anything to pray for them, or give little pass on cards out. Or somebody who just look like they could use a good word.
My next value is “Time”. I want to make enough time for God: talking and learning with God, Quiet time, Bible reading, praying.. things like that. God should always be first.
Well one other thing, it is not really a value but I’m looking for a different Job to make enough time for the Lord. My Job now requires working on Saturday and Sunday (12 Hours). Every time.
I’m a little affraid but I already started and send my Resume out to a lot of places. Hope to find something soon. Right now I’m still on sick leave since I had the shingles.

Well, that’s what I can say right now. Don’t know if I even stayed focused on the primary question from you. But I tried.

6th January, 2011 at 6:54 pm

Thanks for sharing Bettina, will be praying for your TIME this year as you step out in faith to follow Him and spend more TIME in His Word!

11th January, 2011 at 11:19 am

Thank you Renne. I was encouraged after reading your thoughts on New year’s values. ”Looking ahead and forgetting failures and challenges of 2010” was part of the message I received that lifted my spirit during the New year’s eve watchnight service. However, the nature of my job will not help me achieve this. It gives me no time to serve God the way I would love to. So I am believing God for a new job soonest. I do not want to resign without another job else I would have loved to resign from my present job right away.

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