With the ringing in of the New Year, I, like many other people, claim that I am going to start over. Refresh, renew: New me. Right?
Well, partially wrong. The New Year is a great time to start a new schedule or plan. For me, I declared that I would not consider my plan as ‘resolutions’ but as ‘goals’. I read somewhere that playing the semantics game can help trick your mind into thinking positively about making changes. Hmmm… Ok, I can try that!
We can try a thousand different things, but will they stick? That is the true challenge of the challenge!
Making changes are not as simple as turning the page on a calendar or joining a 21-day program. I think as of right now, I am enrolled in 4 different challenges, addressing different aspects of my life. After going through my ‘challenge emails’, including ones I missed due to ridiculous family obligations, I felt so completely overwhelmed.
Just because it sounds good or smells good, doesn’t mean it’s good for you.
The whole point of joining these different challenges was to make progress in my life, not to burden myself down with more obligations and responsibilities. Realizing that I was almost a week behind on one of the plans, (the Biblical plan at that! That’s the one that should have more priority!), left such a heavy load of guilt on my chest.
I tried to shrug it off. I mean, who is going to know I am behind but me? And God? It’s all good. Right?
There’s the old adage that God will not give you more than you can bear. Now, I have yet to find an exact verse that says this, but the Bible does talk about this in relation to temptation. In 1 Corinthians 10:13 of the New International Version (NIV) it states:
1Cor 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
God didn’t sign me up for these challenges. But in my head, I felt like God presented each one of these opportunities for me to build upon things that I feel need to be changed in my life. It was not only tempting, but easy to fall into this trap of ‘busy’. For one, I love to learn. I could be a life-long student and enjoy every minute of it. Second, I thrive in pressure situations. There’s something about the thrill of trying to beat the clock!
The enemy knows us also, and how to play on our weaknesses and desires. “Oh, yes! She loves learning and she likes being busy… I can use that against her!”
One thing I have to continually remind myself is that God is not the author of confusion. 1 Corinthians 14:33 in the King James Version (KJV) states :
1Cor 14:33 “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace…”
I don’t have to participate in everything just because it was placed before me. Especially if it disturbs the peace that God wants for my life.
So my goals for 2016 have changed somewhat. #1 – Don’t overburden yourself. #2 – Don’t feel guilty if you don’t reach every goal by the deadline.
I’m realizing the key is to not give up. Scrolling through my Twitter feed this morning, I see so much is happening across the world, big and small. I felt this surge of excitement and energy, because I want to be a part of that. That buzz. That excitement. That movement and progress. And results.
Be open to whatever the end result is of your work. See that last word there? Work.
It’s mandatory and there is no way around it. Anything God designed for your life will take hard work and much patience. But that is what makes the results so rewarding!
That is what I want this blog to be.
I am in the process of revamping the blog so that it’s more personal. I want to be transparent about the process, almost as a journal format, to help me stay in touch with the readers, share my personal thoughts and be able to see my own progress, all in one site.
So, here we go again! I hope that each of you will take this journey with me!