Tomorrow is the last day of 2015!
I can’t believe it went by so fast….
Sooo… I figured I should write a post on New Year’s Resolutions…. Maybe something like: “What Should My New Year’s Resolutions Be?” Or perhaps: “The Best New Year’s Resolutions.” However those ideas seemed too cliché.
Or I could try writing something super helpful like: “Secrets to Following Through With Your Resolutions this Year!” But honestly, apart from suggesting that you write S.M.A.R.T. goals, I have no idea! Self discipline is definitely not my strong suit….
Or… I could write something controversial, such as why you shouldn’t have resolutions. Except I’m too much of a goal setter, and that would just make my heart hurt. So… I think I’ll settle with this:
6 Things to Keep in Mind for 2016.
This appeals to me, because it’s not really a to-do list and yet it’s still practical.
It’s not about all these things I want to accomplish. That often leads to more anxiety.
Rather it focuses on my identity, who God is, and what the Bible tells me about life and truth.
Somehow that just seems more sustainable and refreshing….
Ok. Here we go!
1. Keep in mind that God made you who you are on purpose.
We’ve probably all read Jeremiah 29:11, that God has good plans for us. There’s also Ephesians 2:10, that we are His handiwork. If God made me who I am on purpose, that releases me to think well of myself and appreciate the different aspects of my personality. That doesn’t justify all of my bad habits, and if I do have mental illness, it doesn’t mean He did that to me on purpose. But it does honor those unique godly characteristics that describe me. And I can rest in who I am without trying to become someone else.
2. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t have double standards.
I am so much harder on myself than I am on other people. Sometimes that might be ok, but when it comes to making mistakes, I’ll easily forgive someone else for a HUGE mistake, but then feel boatloads of shame and guilt for one small mistake that I make. When negative thoughts are racing through my head, how would I comfort my best friend or even a child? Why do I find it so hard to offer myself those same words of comfort? Double standards….
3. Keep in mind that you won’t last forever.
As I get older, I realize more and more that I’m not invincible. I need to take care of myself. Suddenly staying up all night wrecks my ability to function the next day. Getting sick affects me more. Eating greasy foods will upset my stomach. If I want to last the long haul, I need to keep in mind that I won’t last forever.
4. Keep in mind that you will last forever.
When our life on earth comes to a close, it’s followed by an eternal life in heaven (if you believe in Jesus as your Savior). I want to keep eternity in mind as I live my life in 2016. Let my decisions be rooted in God and His purposes on earth. Also, eternal life means that the struggles I’m experiencing right now will not always define me. I hope I will find victory soon, but I know at the very least that one day, when I see Jesus, I will become like He is!
5. Keep in mind that God is good, no matter what.
I don’t know everything that’s going to happen in 2016. It could end up being the best year of my life, or it might be the worst. Who knows? Only God. One thing I do know for sure is that God is good. Scripture says He is light, and there is no darkness in Him. I don’t understand everything that happens, but I know He’ll take what happens and somehow use it for my good. And I know He’ll love me and be with me no matter what. I can always trust Him.
6. Keep in mind that other people are hurting too.
If someone is mean or says something rude to me, chances are it’s not really about me. They’re just hurting. I hope I can keep my eyes open to recognize how I could encourage that person instead of lashing out. If they’re already in pain, I don’t want to add more pain to the mix.
Anyway, in case you are into setting New Year’s Resolutions, check these out:
- BuzzFeed’s post: 23 Things to do to Improve Your Mental Health in 2016
- Mental Health America’s article: When Change Is Hard
And if by chance you don’t like setting resolutions, take a look at these instead:
- Purpose Fairy’s post: 3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Have A New Year’s Resolution
- Goins, Writer’s article: Don’t Bother With Resolutions This New Year
What do you want to keep in mind for 2016?
Thank you so much for reading my post! I hope you enjoyed it. I’d love to hear from you, my avid readers! Post a comment below about the mindset you want to have in 2016. And Happy New Year’s!!!