As I reflect on 2017 I can’t believe how fast it has gone by. Through my conversations with people, I realized that many of us feel the same way. We all zoomed through 2017. But why is that?
I feel that 2017 has gone by so quickly for me because even though I felt so busy all the time, I didn’t accomplish all my goals for this year. I didn’t keep the promises I made to myself in terms of where I would be in my health, finances, and relationships. Falling short of my goals fills me with regret that I didn’t work harder or manage my time better.
But then I think about all of the things I did accomplish this year. Although 2017 didn’t go the way I planned, I’ve made progress and learned many things along the way. I’ve learned what skills I need to work on. I figured out my purpose in life. I know my duty and obligation to the world. I know exactly what I need to do, and all I need to do now is to take massive action, each and every day.
The fact that I have found purpose in my life gives me peace. I’m incredibly blessed to have the ability to cultivate my life towards fulfilling that purpose. Even though I sin and fail all the time, I have the opportunity to repent, learn, and start again. All of this is possible because of Jesus Christ who cleanses me of my sin, and gives me strength.
“I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
Every time I fail or get discouraged I think to myself, “Why did I mess up again? Should I just give up?” But then I’m reminded that Christ died for me. Even though I’m so unworthy, he showed me amazing grace. He suffered for me and gave me eternal life. I can never pay him back for that. But all that he asks from me is this, to love him and love others to the best of my abilities. No matter how much I fail, if I strive to do those things daily, I’m obeying God’s command.
How can I love others more and better? By serving them. By giving all that I have to serve others and helping them live out their purpose in life. Living my life diligently so that when it’s all said and done, Jesus will be proud of what I’ve accomplished. He’ll say to me “Well done, my good and faithful servant”.
My salvation is guaranteed. I don’t work hard because I’m building up my worth. I work hard because I’m loved and I have worth in Jesus Christ. It’s my job to show others the love and blessings that are showered upon me by loving on them.
So My New Year’s Resolutions for 2018 goes like this:
1. To pursue my goals with urgency and fearlessness – There’s no time to waste.
2. To love others through my actions – Actions speak louder than words.
3. To be the best version of myself each day – Embodying the strength and love of Christ in my life.
My goals are on top of this massive mountain. I’m at the foot of the mountain now looking up, and all I can see are the difficulties that lie ahead. The sheer amount of content I need to produce to build my business. The criticism and hate that will try to make me fall. The distractions that will cause me to lose my footing. But I can live fearlessly because I have a greater purpose. I’m not striving to achieve my goals solely for myself, but by maximizing my talents I can inspire others to do more with the blessings they’ve been given.
We’re all familiar with the parable of the talents. The master entrusts three of his servants with his property and goes on a long journey. When the master returns, he finds that two of the servants put their talents to use and doubled them while one servant buried his single talent because he was afraid of losing it. The master rebukes the fearful servant and takes his single talent away and gives it to the servant with the most talents.
The lesson Jesus gives is simple. Don’t let fear of criticism or fear of failure prevent you from reaching your full potential. Don’t let fear hinder you from maximizing your talents. In 2018, face your fears, break out of your comfort zone, challenge your limits and experience all the things God has in store for you.