For a better ending, you need to start with a good beginning! Beginnings—the start of a new year. The time of resolutions. The time to start over. Even when I don’t make resolutions, there is a little voice in my head that says, this year will be different. This year, I will try harder and do better. This year will be the year.
I think that many of our resolutions come from a place of discontent. I think we believe we are not good enough…yet. I think we feel we should be better looking, more fit, better at organization, a super Mom, and even more Holy.
I wonder what God thinks about all our fuss and worry to improve ourselves. I do think that God wants us to be our best self, but I also think God wants us to rest and be content. Philippians 4:6-7 says,
“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”
God did not choose us because we are perfect. God’s love is not determined by how good we are at working out, spending time with family, eating healthy food, or even serving the marginalized, giving to the Church, or worshiping. God just loves us regardless. We all know it, but it bears repeating, there is nothing we can do that will separate us from the love of God. (If you haven’t read it in a while, take a moment to read Romans 8:31-39.)
This year, let your beginning, begin with God. Spend time in prayer. Know that you are loved. Be content in your life. Give your worries to God. It doesn’t mean that it is wrong to change or make resolutions, but know that fail or succeed, God’s love is constant. Happy New Year!