It’s that time of year again when the majority of people around us start developing New Year’s Resolutions in hopes of living their best year yet. They’ve been quiet all year, just waiting for the “one” opportunity to start over.
Gyms will become abnormally packed, new blogs flood the market, and church might be a little more crowded than what you’re used to.
These aren’t bad things, after all, shouldn’t we always strive to live a better life? The problem with current trends is that we set these grandiose/unrealistic goals and then fail to achieve anything after the first few days and/or weeks (not that losing weight, writing for a blog, or going to church are unrealistic goals).
Haven’t you ever found yourself vowing to eat healthy and workout 5 times a week just to realize it isn’t sustainable, so you simply quit? Then, you feel guilty about your lack of progress and end up perpetuating the problem you were originally trying to correct!
Just me? okay… moving on.
Moral of the story is I am DONE chasing perfect. Day after day, year after year, I have found myself in this never ending cycle of setting goals to be the strongest, healthiest, well balanced wife, mother, daughter, friend, just to fail miserably and feel horrible about it.
Here is the thing - these goals I set for myself aren’t God-ordained goals or Holy Spirit led. Instead, they are the expectations I have placed on myself after comparing myself to the world around me.
Lara Casey, founder of Cultivate What Matters Powersheets, wrote “Jesus didn’t come to the world for perfect people” so then why do we keep trying to chase perfect? The perfection that God requires of us is not the same as the perfection the world requires of us.
The word perfect appears in the Bible around 40 times, most of which are used to describe God or Jesus. Despite some beliefs, following the Law does not make us perfect (Hebrews 7:19), instead we are required to be perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect (Matthew 5). But what does that actually mean?
Jesus gives us a great picture of what Biblical perfection would look like in Matthew 19: 21, “Jesus said to him, ‘If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.’” Please note, it’s not so much the action of ridding your belongings as it is being willing to give up your life and follow Christ.
So how do we get there? “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2
You renew your mind and walk with the Spirit as He reveals His will for your life and guides your steps towards perfection (or holiness).
I am DONE chasing worldly perfect. I am DONE feeling guilty when things don't go as planned. And I am DONE with trying to do all the things to keep up with other bloggers. Instead, this year I am chasing purpose and progress over perfection. We have a purpose in this life, and that's what I will be chasing.
Will you join me?
A Faithful Step 2019 Goals
Grow audience. We have been called to encourage and equip women and part of that calling is ensuring that women can actually find and read our words. We will not place a number on our growth, but instead will pray that our readers will continue to share our work in hopes of reaching those in need.
Provide resources to equip our readers. Our mission and vision revolve around encouraging and equipping women for a life well-lived. Although we believe we have done a decent job at encouraging our readers, we have slacked in equipping you all with appropriate resources. We pray we can provide more printables, step-by-step posts, and maybe even an e-book or devotional.
Focus on Purpose. As mentioned earlier, it is so easy to try and “keep up” with all of the other bloggers and influencers out there. Instead of focusing on all the things we aren’t doing, we will focus on ensuring our articles serve a purpose in glorifying God.
5 Verses to Guide your Goals / Purpose
“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” Proverbs 16:9
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:6
“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21
“Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” John 6:27
“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14 ESV