I love this time of year. It’s the mark of new beginnings. Of new memories to be made. Of reflecting on the person I grew to be the past year and deciding what changes need to made to continue that growth.
But new beginnings can be hard y’all. It means leaving behind your comfort zone. It means taking a risk and stepping into unknown territory. Beginnings are scary because they start the journey to a place where you are not certain of yet. They are great for bringing up every insecurity and doubt you have ever had about yourself. What if I’m not good enough? What if I fail? What if this is not the right step?
Beginnings are powerful, though, when you chose to jump right in. There is this empowerment that fills your soul. It takes courage and strength and determination to take that first step. I am here to tell you that you possess all of those things. You can choose to be courageous, choose to strong, and choose to be determined.
In the book of Joshua, we read about the courageous Rahab, who hid the spies sent to Jericho by Joshua. Rahab also happened to be a prostitute. There are so many amazing aspects of this story. This courageous act spared Rahab and her family’s lives and became a beginning for her. In Matthew 1, we see in the genealogy of Jesus, that God redeemed Rahab’s life by making her a part of Jesus’ lineage. That’s amazing! Rahab had this past that probably made people look down upon her. I’m sure they were not saying kind things about her. God did not overlook her because of what she did in the past but instead gave her great purpose in the Kingdom of God.
This past week I attended the Passion Conference at The Anthem in Washington, D.C. It was so inspiring. Christine Caine was there and she spoke about how we have become a shame-filled culture and this shame has dictated what we believe about ourselves and how we act according to that shame and guilt. But God has spoken freedom from this shame and guilt through Jesus. We don’t have to believe what other people say about us. We only have to believe what God says about us. We are free. We are loved. We are redeemed.
As you look at that list of resolutions for 2018 that you have written in a journal somewhere, do not let those lies creep in. Remember: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
You will be amazed at what God will do in you and through you when you choose to just begin. Let Him take care of the rest.
So that I can keep myself accountable, I thought I would share my resolutions for the year. I would love to know some of yours!
- Read the Bible in one year (I have never read the whole thing!)
- Bi-weekly blog posts (keep a look out! I would also love to hear about some topics you all want to know more about)
- Learn to cook (I am a horrible cook)
- Less screen time (be more present)
- Try Salmon
- Use my passport
- Sacrificially give once a month
- Get a full-time job
- Write more letters (send me your address if you would like!)
- Live intentionally and simply
- Spend more time volunteering