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New year, new what?

Like many of you, I’ve been asked the same question year after year: “What is my New Year Resolution?” It’s a simple enough question, but why is it so hard to answer? It feels like so many of our answers are very generic:

“ I want to lose 20 pounds.”

“I want to exercise more.”

“I want to read my bible more.”

Those are good things, but is that really what you want this new year? Is that what the Lord is calling you to do, or is that just what is easiest to say? Because sometimes, God calls us to go and to do the hard things.

Why is it, then, that our New Year Resolutions don’t even make it through February? For me, it’s always been because I didn’t put my heart into what I was doing. I didn’t invest in it.

What do you want from this next year? If you could dream without limits, what would you do? Life is too short for dreams that don’t make it, hopes that fade away, and settling for less than what Jesus died for on the cross. I’ve had people come to me and tell me that I would never be able to do something as crazy as traveling to a different country and sharing the Gospel. Yet I had the dream to do so, and what is more: it was the Lord’s calling for me. Still, I had a choice. We all have that choice: Will this dream make it to next year? Or to completion?

“Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. — Romans 5:2-5 (NIV).”

I want you to know is there is hope. After all, “’tis the season” for something to change. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the day we celebrate the birth of our Savior and our Hope is just days before the New Year. Jesus created a clean slate for us to begin again. No matter how the circumstances look and how hopeless it may seem, if God is directing you, you can be sure He will lead you home.

Stop looking at your bank account, stop putting your dreams on hold out of fear, stop counting the things that could go wrong. Dare to be brave! David wouldn’t be remembered today if he didn’t run toward a giant. Esther wouldn’t have gone down in history if she had been quiet. Who knows what incredible things God could have for you! Remember that change in the world that you desperately want to see? Maybe the reason no one has stepped in is because God is waiting for you to take His hand and step up. You might be part of something bigger than you could’ve imagined.

If you have all these incredible things in front of you, and you know that God is still bringing up that same dream over and over again, wouldn’t it be worth it to fight for something that could change the world? Or do you still just want to lose 20 pounds this year? By the way, remember that person that told me I would never be able to go to the nations?  I just got back from my third country and that very person helped pay the way for me to get there! Because with God, all things are possible.

Hannah-Joy serves faithfully at YWAM Louisville as part of our kitchen staff. Her name describes her perfectly: she is full of joy and genuine excitement about life. The love she has for the Lord and people is evident whenever you are around her