Happy 2018 friends! I wanted to share this post again from last year because it was so impactful. I have to say that these principles for simplifying the new year worked so well for me that it made 2017 one of my most enjoyable years ever. It was less complicated, less stressful, less anxious…….just so much better than the years before. I believe keeping these perspectives in mind changed me from the inside out on how I process life and make decisions. This post was also one of my most shared posts for 2017. Hope this is just as useful for you in 2018!
January of 2017
I feel so ready for this year …….and that is just not like me!
Usually, I am cautious or skeptical of what the new year MAY hold. But I am finally learning some lessons that are giving way to freedom, even confidence.
I look forward now to what is ahead because I KNOW, Jesus is there right along with it. Whether it is difficult or exciting or humdrum, He is there governing it for me, choosing it as His plan for me.
I look forward now to what is ahead because I KNOW, Jesus is there right along with it. Click To Tweet
Here are some newly learned perspectives that are impacting how I enter this year.
1) Work less, abide more.
2) Joyfully trust because Christ is already there in my tomorrow and preparing ME for it today.
3) Living in the moment, leaving the past and the future in His hands. “Now” is where His burden is easy and His yoke light.
4) Letting go of trying to plan and purpose what He will sovereignly do anyway, and way better than I EVER could. Being comfortable with not knowing the plan and not having to anymore!
5) Staying “will-less”. Not wanting anything TOO much. Living open to what God wants for me, of me.
6) Resting in God’s sanctifying work. Rejoicing in the assurance that He is at work in each of us, nothing will be missed or forgotten. I don’t have to worry about my issues or the issues of those I love. God has this! No need to manage or try to fix others (over-responsibility).
7) Celebrating the Lord, allowing thanksgiving and gratitude to flow throughout my day.
8) Continuing my gratitude journal, beginning my new list for 2017.
9) Hearing and heeding the work of the Holy Spirit. Depending on His faithfulness on my behalf and recognizing I am not to do His job, but only respond to what He brings to my attention.
10) Dwelling on the goodness of my God and whatever is excellent or praiseworthy in others.
These lessons from last year are having a profound effect upon me and for that, I am grateful. It makes me feel differently as I approach this next year. I feel joy, peace, assurance…….I feel like I am being “held” and loved. It enables me to look at an unknown future (2017) securely, with boldness.
Am I making resolutions, goals, or strategizing for 2017?
No. But I am honing my focus.
After having read through the chronological Bible in 2016, I feel the desire to slow down to dwell upon the grandeur of my Savior. So I am taking the whole year to linger with Jesus in the gospels, taking in every morsel of Him that I can.
I want to be like Mary in Luke 10:41-42, choosing the “one thing ” that is needed, that which is better, and not like Martha, worried and upset about many things. I want to spend this year sitting at His feet, dwelling upon His life and less on mine.
In essence, I’m sick and tired of thinking about me and mine!
I’ve grown weary pondering what should be done about this particular situation or that particular person. My conclusion from what I learned last year is that I am better off being mindful of Him! That is a much better use of my time and attention.My conclusion from 2016- enough about me and more about HIM! Click To Tweet
What about you? Are you sick of thinking about your life, your goals, your needs or that of your family’s?
Why not join me in simplifying your mindset, dwelling on Someone much more worthy of our attention? He tells us in Matthew 6:31-34,
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.
He makes it simple……we are the ones who complicate it.
And I’m tired of doing just that!
Like John the Baptist said in John 3:30,
He must become greater; I must become less.
Here’s to a better year by becoming LESS!
Praying God’s work will be richly rewarded in your lives this year. Happy New Year dear friends:)