In just a few days, we will be ushering in another New Year and hopefully a new attitude. I love this time of the year because it is full of possibilities. We are starting with a brand new slate, and what was in the past doesn’t matter because we all get a “re-start” on January 1st. This time of the year is when so many of us are picking a “WORD OF THE YEAR” to help guide us on our journey. For our New Year’s resolutions, we usually have several different categories that we use. Health is generally high on the list, as well as losing weight. You would think that those two categories would go hand-in-hand, but some diets are not healthy at all. We usually have a financial category involving saving money or spending less. And, maybe some of your resolutions might be to stop wearing yoga or sweatpants every day. If that is your resolution, then you have found the right place.
Many of you might be like me, and you want to put Faith as a category this year. I want to grow closer to the Lord, but I am honestly lazy. I want someone to talk to me about the Lord, I want them to have done all of the research, and I want to be on the receiving end of their hard work. As you can see, I need a lot of help in this category.
I think that my word this year is going to be “content.” It doesn’t sound glamorous or flashy; in fact, it seems pretty lackluster. You would think that being content is super easy, and goes right along with my earlier “lazy” attitude. But, honestly, this is going to be a word that is going to be much harder for me than you might think.
The noun content means to be in a state of satisfaction. That is great when things are going your way, and everything is hunky-dory. Being content means that we take the word “complain” and put it on the shelf. Don’t feel bad for the word “complain” because it is going to have a lot of company. It will be right beside “envy,” “jealousy,” “worry,” “strive,” “disappointed,” and “frustrated.
5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Paul says, “11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need” in Phillippians 4:11-12. He knew what it was to have prosperity and also to live humbly. As a child of God, if we do not accept what comes our way in life, then we are telling the Lord that HIS way is wrong.
15 And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”
I don’t think that there is anything wrong with trying to better your situation. The Lord gave us brains and equipped us with knowledge, so it would be a pity not to use what the Lord gave us. But, we need to examine what motivates us and make sure that it is not from a place of envy and greed.
Yes, I am going to be making a few New Year resolutions regarding diet and weight. My motives are not to compete with someone else, but instead, I want to take care of the body that the Lord was gracious enough to give me.
As humans, we are a hard bunch to satisfy. The words MORE and WANT are part of our makeup. Our condition might not be what we want at this time, but we don’t know what is to come. So, this coming year, why don’t you join me with trying to remember that our God is enough! His love is enough!
Have A Blessed Day!