Looking To The New Year

Why do we give so much hype to new year’s resolutions? The new year sparks new beginnings, and those beginnings often inspire that “join a gym, climb Mt Everest, get my life right” mentality. For the first time in a year, we have what seems like the chance to restart and refresh.

But the truth is, deep down, we all desire renewal. Our hearts are longing for God, and many times we don’t even realize it. We are created and designed to know Him, to walk with Him, to worship Him. But so often our longing for God gets confused with the small goals that occupy the here and now.

The truth is, you can climb mountains and eat veggies all day long, but those goals can never bring the satisfaction of the restoration that knowing God brings. At the end of the day, at the beginning of the year, He will always be our hearts’ deepest desire.

Now don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing bad about setting new goals, and there’s nothing wrong with getting hyped about new beginnings! But before you look to restart your life with the small things, focus on centering your life where it really matters. Find your fulfillment in His kindness, in His grace. Find your joy in His plan, in His faithfulness. Find your purpose in His righteousness. Remember that your heart is longing for a peace that is eternal.

Be healthy, be driven, be motivated, but before all of those things, be surrendered to Jesus. He is our goal, our aim, our purpose. And He restores our souls.

Written by Will Kassner.