You’ve heard the phrase, right? New Year, New You!
It’s the beginning of the year and all around us are messages of new resolutions, new routines, and new habits. Yes, January is often the time set aside to evaluate our lives and decide what needs to change. What needs to go? What needs to stay? And what needs to be added?
This time of year has many of us thinking about how to become a “new you”. It’s that new body we desire. A new career. New character qualities we are after.
And of course, there is nothing wrong with evaluating any of these things. As Christians, we should always be growing and seeking growth. We ask God to evaluate our lives and help us to change, right? (Psalm 139:23-24) So it’s a natural thing for us to take inventory of our lives and make goals toward change.
But let’s explore this idea of a new you.
At the beginning of the year, have you ever just wanted to be something completely different than who you are? I know I have. And if I’m honest, my new year’s resolutions have often been based on this image of who I want to be, and not necessarily who God wants me to be.
At the turn of the year, I find it easy to look around at what other people are doing and base my goals for that “new you” around that. If I get to be a new me, then why not, right?
Or the thing I have done probably the most is to look at all the things I don’t like about me and resolve to change those things.
This year has got me thinking… what if the things I don’t like are the things God wants me to embrace?
Maybe the change God wants to see in our lives this year comes by embracing… who we already are? Could it be that God is asking us to throw out this idea of a “new you” and embrace the newness that He already gave us (1 Corinthians 5:17)? What if the new thing that He wants to do in our lives will only come when we decide to see ourselves the way He sees us?
What if God is asking us to evaluate our lives according to what He has ALREADY given to us? Maybe it’s a gift He gave us that we keep denying. Are we refusing to believe that it is actually worth something to the kingdom?
Instead, are we thinking that the talents and abilities we have… just aren’t quite enough?
Or maybe this is the year that God wants us to dive into and truly embrace what His word says about us. Maybe we’ve been believing the lies of the enemy about who we are.
Or has He given us tasks that He wants us to carry out, but fear is holding us back?
Well you know what? It IS a new year! And I DO believe God has amazing things in store for us. But, you know how I think it is going to come?
By believing God.
Let’s resolve this new year to believe what God says about us. Let’s resolve to search the scripture to know, believe and hold onto who God says we are.
Can we resolve to stop telling God that the way He made us just isn’t good enough? Can we resolve to walk forward in bold obedience and put our hands to the work that God has set before us to do?
Friend, you are God’s precious workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand that you should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10). So maybe this year… you don’t really need a NEW you… maybe you just need you… and all that God created you to be!
Do you want to embrace all that God has given you this year, but don’t quite know where to start? Check out these posts about discovering and embracing your kingdom identity and purpose:
This post is a part of the Salt and Light linkup.