I posted some of these last year…but feel some of actually applied again…and I changed a few of them.
Here are 12 challenges for the new year:
Quit trying to be someone else – God made you to be you and He didn’t make a mistake.
Quit trying to carry all your burdens – God designed you (and me) to be insufficient without Him and to have a relational need for others.
Start embracing today – Let the past go. You can keep hoping your life away, but when you learn the secret of contentment today can become a great day, in spite of the challenges it holds.
Find real community – Granted, you’re most likely reading this online, but our lives aren’t meant to be as isolated as an online world encourages. Find opportunities to engage with real people…in person…with no technology in the way. (This may be as simple as turning off your television more frequently.)
Accept God’s grace – It’s always more than we deserve. You can’t earn it. It’s amazing grace. But, denying or refusing it ignores the beauty of it.
Live free of grudges and bitterness – The lack of forgiveness is a hidden destroyer of joy, peace and happiness.
Live with an eternal perspective – You’ll laugh more readily…even in the midst of life’s greatest tears, because you’ll always have hope. (Of course, make sure your eternity is secure.)
Admit mistakes quickly – Sincere humility is an attractive quality.
Give generously – Giving opens the heart to contentment. And, there are many needs around us.
Lower unrealistic expectations – Many times our disappointment in others and ourselves is because we placed unrealistic expectations on them…and ourselves. There has only lived one perfect person. (And, it’s not you…or me.)
Take a new risk – Fight your fears and go for it!. The adrenaline of walking by faith will fuel you for future success.
Record your life – This, like every year, is going to be an exciting year…full of surprises…some good and some not so good. Start a journal of your days. You’ll enjoy reflecting back this time next year. (It may even prove to be therapeutic.)