“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!
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.