By: Hannah Schelling
New Year, New Me – That’s usually the statement we all hear from one another as the new year rolls back around. Everyone talks about how they’re going to start diets, make better grades, use less social media; and although we might start off doing those things we shortly fall off track as the New Year continues on. We start to cheat on our diets, spend less time studying for our next exam, and find ourselves spending our valuable free time scrolling through Facebook more and more each day. Before we know it, we are half way through the New Year and already at the same place we started at. Simply wishing we could start all over again and be more determined and actually reach our goals.
During 2017 I found myself doing a lot of this back and forth, “I wish I would have stuck with it when I first set out to do it” kind of lifestyle; but as 2017 is coming to an end this year, the saying, “new year, new me” sounds a lot different. It has a more powerful meaning. Usually when I hear it I just let it go in one ear and out the other, but this year it sounds like a fresh start. It sounds like a chance to live a purpose driven life, without delaying my happiness and purpose by fear driven procrastination. My goal is to find myself, find my purpose, and find what drives my life.
How do you find what drives your life you might ask? Start off by thinking about all of the reasons you don’t do something you really want to, or know that God has told you to do. A lot of people would respond with fear, pressure, or insecurity. These three things are the very reason why we stop in our tracks, rethink our decision making, and take a few more steps away from the purpose God has waiting for us. Knowing your purpose gives meaning to your life. It makes your life simpler, less complex, and often a lot less stressful. Knowing your purpose creates happiness and joy for your own life; and confidence in every decision you make. Finding your purpose is what prevents the inability to live your life without constantly having to start over again. If we know what our purpose is, we can determine what we do and don’t do. Without it though, we have no firm foundation on which we decide what choices to make. When we don’t know our purpose, we try to do more than we can handle; but it is impossible to do everything. So, we constantly change directions. We change jobs and relationships trying to find that missing piece, that void that we feel inside because we simply don’t know what drives our lives.
Don’t live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what the Master wants. (Ephesians 5:17)
When we understand what the will of God is, we can practice our purpose a lot easier. Finding your purpose creates a stronger relationship with God, and a stronger relationship gives hope and a future to what your goals are. Suddenly, the things you set out to do in the beginning are being accomplished. Suddenly you don’t have to become angry at yourself for having to start from the beginning eight times. Don’t let the opinions of others let you miss out on God’s purpose for your life. Let God fill you with ambition and peace, and live the life that he intended for you to live. No going back this year! No what ifs and what’s next, no questions. Stand firm in what you know God has set out for you, and live it.
You Lord, give perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in you. (Isaiah 26:3)