New Year Resolutions That Lead to More Fulfillment
Over my years of walking with the Lord and going through seasons of incredible trials and suffering and also seasons of blessing and breakthrough, I have learned some key lessons on living an abundant life. This year as people are making there new year resolutions, I want to make an effort in a different direction. Yes, it’s good to want to get in shape, want to eat better, want to start that business or whatever it is for you. But new year resolutions should be so much more than that. They should be a pursuit towards something lasting and real. Something that truly makes a difference and can not only lead to a better year, but a more fulfilled life. There are tough decisions that have to be made to truly walk in your potential and purpose, which I am going to share here with you today.
Here are 5 new year resolutions and decisions you have to make to lead to a more fulfilled life:
You have to grow.
Growing is painful. It hurts to be pruned, to go through pain and eventually push through the surface. Think of a flower. It starts as a tiny seed and after being watered and given light and healthy soil it begins to grow little by little. It all goes well in the beginning, until it hits the edge of the soil. At that point it has to push and push and grow faster to force its way through the dirt and make its way above the surface to the fresh air and sun. We are very similar. We all start with a seed in us. But that seed has to grow. We have to be pruned. We have to go through things and learn from them. That’s the catch. We have to let things mold us and we have to be teachable. Many people get into ruts and run into tough times, but not everyone learns from them or grows from them. Not everyone comes out on the other side with a testimony and a story of overcoming adversity. These are the decisions that separate someone who lives a mediocre life from someone who lives an abundant life. We have to make a lot of tough decisions to live the life God called us to live, and choosing to grow is one of them.
2. You have to die to your self.
There are very few things in life that will hold you back from your full potential like selfishness will. Selfishness is an all consuming disease if we give in to it. One of the decisions you have to make to live an abundant, full life is to die to yourself. To get rid of selfishness and selfish ambition. A life of serving and loving other people is where true happiness is found. That’s where purpose is found. If you look around at some of the most unhappy, unfulfilled people you know, you may notice a common denominator: selfishness. Because when we are consumed with ourselves, our own needs, our own wants and getting our own way all the time, we will never be happy. So many people seek out ways to make themselves happy and as a result end up miserable. When you die to yourself and begin to love others and serve them more than you serve yourself, you will find freedom and purpose. It is one of the tough decisions that have to be made; and although is seems contradictory, you may be surprised once you give it a whirl. It has a major side effect of happiness. 🙂
3. You have to opt-out of the culture.
This one could be one of the toughest decisions that has to be made to live an abundant life. The culture we live in is full of brokenness. Broken people trying to fill the void with sex, materialism, idolatry, alcohol, drugs, politics, compromise and doing whatever is popular. Agreeing with politics that go against the word of God and their morals, and finding themselves compromising the very core of who they are to impress other people or be accepted in a culture that glorifies sin, self and destruction. When you make a decision to opt-out of the mass culture, there you will find Jesus, peace, purpose and abundant life. You can’t have both.
4. You have to take the narrow road.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:13-14.
I don’t know about you, but I want to be walking my life out on the narrow road that leads to life. The broad road is crowded with people and ideas that lead straight to destruction. Making the decision to enter through the narrow gate and walk the road of faith, morality, love, joy, community with Jesus and in integrity doesn’t come easy. It is one of those tough decisions that have to be made to live an abundant life. It is easy to walk the broad path full of pleasure, riches, materialism, wrong pursuits, selfishness, pride, drinking and getting high, lying and compromising your values for whatever is popular and accepted at the time. It is easy to go with the masses and do what everyone else does. But like sheep being led to the slaughter, you are one of millions who have no future and a bleak destination. There is no future for those who walk the broad path. But like many things in life, the easy route leads no where fast. When you make the decision to walk the narrow path and live a life that walks against the crowd, you will find purpose like never before.
5. You have to never give up.
One of my favorite scriptures is Galatians 6:9:
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
So many people give up before the harvest even comes. Sometimes it’s right when you are about to give up or feel like you can’t keep going that God comes in and brings the breakthrough. The promise we have is a beautiful and hopeful one, that we will reap if we do not give up doing good. When we make the right decisions and keep on with a determination to do what’s right, to honor God and to live a life of purpose, He is there with us and breakthroughs happen. It can be tiring making the right choices, doing the right thing, living a life that goes agains the culture and sticking things out when they are hard, but God sees it. He is smiling down on those who hold to his promise and don’t give up. Eventually, you will see the fruit of your labor, if you do not give up.
New year resolutions should count and lead to a life that makes a difference.
I want 2017 to be the best year yet. I want to grow more, love more and live more fulfilled. New year resolutions come and go but when we focus on growth and character and being who God called us to be, we can’t go wrong. That is where my focus will be. That is my new years resolution. To continually walk towards who God called me to be and what He has called me to do.
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