For every position you’ve been in this past year, if there has been opposition to your discovery of where exactly you fit in then you are in good company, and just know that the Master designer isn’t finished yet. We really will be better for the refinement He’s seen fit to apply to each of us here shortly. Our response is actually what matters right now.
Use Light To Establish Your Goals
To help you with your goals this coming year pick out the one single event from 2020 that sticks out the most that displayed the best side of your characters. Name one or more of the seven established characters of God that you displayed best within those few brief moments or full day:
Honesty and integrity
Compassion and mercy
Determination to endure
Humbled and correctly positioned
Connectivity to others
Ownership of your actions
If you have more than one moment or event you want to draw from, please narrow it down to just one. Why just one and why focus on the moment(s) you were at your best? Simple, by capitalizing on your strengths your weakness can be exposed. Using strengths works in tandem with a perfect God instead of working against Him as you and He buff out the dullness of your not so shiny characters together. Also, by narrowing events down to just one will keep you humbled and less confusing. So… one event, best character(s) displayed.
It is not selfish to be what God said you can be, it’s selfish to keep His light found in you to yourself. To illustrate that point and to get preachy for a split second (but the Word remains the best source for illustration and inspiration):
Genesis 1:3-4 (KJV) And God said, “Let there be light”: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
John 1:1-5 (KJV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him (the Word); and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life; and *the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and darkness comprehended it not.
Did you catch that? That statement about the light of men? Did I make it obvious enough?
Now, create a resolution that will amplify that light found in you using the most brilliant character you have. Here’s mine for 2021 to give you some sense of direction may be:
Wendy’s resolution: This will be the year that not only will I ‘get through it’, I will be victorious and wave the checkered flag!
See how I did that? Taking the worst moments of this past year and seeing the best characters is how I approached my resolution. There was an event I had to remain super strong in, and it was life changing all the way to the core, but instead of using the trauma I struggle with a lot of days, I can now see that I endured it without screaming, breaking, crying or running away. I also see that I didn’t pass the buck and I was very comforting and strong for another human without showing the real fear I was actually experiencing on their behalves.
So, with that resolution my mind is set for 2021. I can let 2020 go with all of its pain, but now without regrets or remorse. I have a tangible ambition for what’s ahead. And the clutter is gone. With my resolution the areas of humility and relationships I struggle in can take a pro-active position because Victory is being resolved, and not me being in second place. God made me a winner, not a second place finisher. Same with you, we are made the same way in that respect – winners, bright and shiny winners!!!
May be a little wordy there, but hoping that helped a little.
A final word: Thank You!!! For allowing yourself to be you (don’t forget to thank yourself)!!!!
- Always shalom from my heart-