Ah, New Years. A time for new beginnings and new resolutions. A time to forget the past and look forward to the future. A new day. For some, though, it can be a reminder of what we said we would do the previous year, but didn’t. I didn’t stick with that diet, I didn’t do that workout program, I didn’t keep writing regularly.
Now this is the part where I’m supposed to tell you that its all okay, and that you’re still a good person, despite your failings. And that’s true… I guess. You see, I prefer to tell people the truth rather than make them feel nice. It’s part of what makes me… me. So, I’m not going to tell you all those things to make you feel good, because making you feel good now worn’t help you at all. So here goes: I don’t think we need to keep trying to do more things and achieve more, I think we need to change what we are working for. I think we need to change the what to a who. More specifically, Jesus.
I believe that rather than trying to do more and work harder towards our goals to become a better person, we should do it for the glory of our great God. We are not in this life for us, and so neither should our strivings and goals be for us, they should be for the glory of our Father, who is much more deserving of our efforts than we are of His. God sent His son to us to die in our place, even though we were still sinners. The story of Jesus is the only story I’ve ever heard in which the hero dies for the villain.
“but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8
So, in light of this, we should turn our focus away from our selves and working harder for ourselves. We should even forget about ourselves, and focus on Jesus, our Savior and our lover. Don’t work out to make yourself look better, do it to take care of the body God has given you and to make yourself better able to serve those in need. Don’t write to gain fame for yourself, write so that others can see the fire that God has lit inside of you and be led closer to Him. We do everything to His glory and so that His name will be lifted high.
“I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it.” – 1 Corinthians 9:23