New Year, New You… NOT.

For Jesus and the culture

Dear Reader,

I am certain you are familiar with the concept of “New Year, New You” or “New Year’s Resolutions”. The idea of having a fresh start is really something I am for. I’m all for doing new things. However, I am very aware that just because it’s a New Year, doesn’t mean I’m going to change my habits and hangups. We have reached a point in January where people have already given up on their dreams for the New Year. That is probably because they were only intentions.

” It is direction that determines where we will arrive and not our intentions”- Filmore Bouldes III

It is our decisions that determine where we will end up.  There is no such thing as a neutral decision. Every decision has an outcome on my future. If I want to lose twenty pounds and I decide to sleep more in the morning instead of waking up and exercising like I intended. That is movement in the other direction and not towards my goal.

I was reminded this first Sunday of the year that God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly more than I could ever ask or think. I was encouraged to dream big so I didn’t just write goals, I wrote straight up miracles. I didn’t ask for the possible, I asked for things I know are impossible for me to do on my own. I  asked for a full scholarship to Law school ( when I barely have a LSAT score) , I asked to publish a book ( when I don’t even have a manuscript), I asked for medication-free emotional stability ( when I’ve been told I may never be able to get off anti-depressants). I figured if I was going to ask for something I might as well go big.

My every breath is a miracle already. I already see God working. I’m a completely different person than I was two years ago. I was on death’s door. I thought I was unloveable but now I speak Isaiah 43:19 over myself all the time. Forgive my paraphrase but I say to myself. Yo, Sarah… He’s doing a new thing. It’s so evident. Can’t you see it? There it is. A river in the desert.

I want to walk towards the path God has for me , not away. It’s not enough to have goals. I have to have a plan of action. And with God, all things are possible. NOT SOME THINGS… ALL things!