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Updated: Jan 8

How long is your list of New Year resolutions and goals? My tendency is to go overboard and create a list so lofty and lengthy that I successfully set the stage for failure.


Hopefully I'm starting to learn from it because, this year, the list focuses on three areas. Two goals are relatable to any of you who are striving to follow Jesus.


  1. Eat and Drink Everyday. Jesus said he is the Bread of Life and Living Water. If you don't consistently eat and drink everyday, your body will not be able to function to its full capacity or at its best. The same is true of time with Jesus - the Word (John 1:14). The most important thing you can do this year is to spend time every day ingesting the word. It never ceases to amaze me how difficult it can seem to make that a habit or how easy it is, once the habit is established, to fall out of practice. Find one person to keep you accountable by asking you once a week about your reading. Set a reminder on your phone that says, "Hey, just in case you forgot, eat and drink!" We make the time for what is truly important to us. As a foodie, it is rare for me to intentionally miss opportunities to eat (and it's best for those around me that I don't because this lady can get hangry - ha). As a Jesus lover, I want too hunger and thirst for Christ so much that it becomes a treasured priority.

  2. Live with an Outward Focus. The most natural thing in the world for a human being may be to live looking inward. What we want drives us. There is a balance to keep in mind: We are to consistently submit our hearts to Jesus, to look inward and respond to conviction, and to take care of our bodies which are the Temple of God. But if we are living on mission, then we must live with a daily acknowledgment that this life is not about us. We were created to give God glory and we are to be lights in the darkness. Pray that God would give you a love for him that is so strong that you are compelled to share the hope that is within you with others. Look up and out with the eyes of Christ. Be his hands and feet and live with the heart of a servant in a world that says life is about personal desires, pleasures, and achievements.


It isn't too late to begin. And, if you're already behind (like somebody I know was earlier this week... *ahem..), remember that every day is a new day full of fresh opportunities. So start today!


Happy New Year!

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