Living Messy Lives In The New Year

Have you noticed how complex life can be? Maybe messy is a better word.

Looking to the new year, one of the challenges that we often face is how to keep moving through the mess. Each day we add more to our story, as messy and as challenging as it presents; sometimes compounding burdensome situations and other times lifting the strain from ourselves and others.

This week I asked the question repeatedly, to a variety of people, “Do you have any resolutions for 2020?”

Roughly half answered with responses such as:

“No, I don’t do that, I don’t need to.”

“There is no point.”

“I won't follow through anyway.”

“I don’t have time.”

I was privileged to have the other half share their resolutions with me; their thoughts, goals, and ambitions for new year and life. Responses that will require dedication were voiced.

“Less screen time.”

“More God time.”

“To be in better shape.”

Among the differences between the two groups, self-reflection was a clear variable to me, and yet it is a key component to meaningful resolutions and growth. In order to set a resolution, i.e a goal, we need to objectively evaluate where we are in certain aspects of our life. We need to be honest. As I evaluate where I am in my relationship with God, with my wife, with others, that honesty hurts because they are messy, not always ideal. I have fallen short in areas.

But messy with God is ok, it’s doable because of the hope we have in Christ. “…We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”

In the mess and the strain of life, these scripture verses often come to mind as hope and strength:

“Greater is He that is in me than He that is in the world”

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

“… stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

I pray that you take time to reflect and to find hope and resilience in the promises of God’s word as you enter 2020.

Onward - Jim

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