Making it a Happy New Year

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Friends, Romans, Countrymen, students, hello. There are three days left in 2014. THREE DAYS! This is not a drill! It's your favorite bear-loving Choctawker Ashton, here to use all-caps and talk about the new adventure among us-- the new year. 

Real life though, I'm going to talk to y'all about New Years resolutions. More specifically, what to think and pray about when making New Years resolutions. Let's begin. 

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Here are some things to ask yourself (and God) when considering resolutions: 

What would help me grow? 

Life is a journey. I think we all know that, but I also think we often forget that in the grand scheme of things. We aren't meant to stay the same forever. We were created to grow and change and experience things. When praying about your resolution, ask the Lord what would help you to grow into the person He's made you to be. Whether it would be resolving to read your Bible daily or to volunteer somewhere around your city, we all find growth in different ways. 

In 2014, growth for me looked like facing a lot of my past and learning to surrender control to the Father. However, I am confident that my growth in 2015 is going to be much, much different. For you, friend, it will look different too. Pray and ask what you may need to sacrifice, get involved in, or change to help you to grow as a person in this new year.

What would make this year an adventure?

My resolution for 2014 was to go to more coffee shops. People laughed, but hey, it was fun! From Guatemala to Nashville and Arkansas, I drank a lot of good coffee! It was something simple, painless, and delicious! It was a mini-adventure in the midst of the adventure that has been 2014. 

When thinking about your resolution, don't hesitate to commit to something that will be different and fun! Do something that could fuel potential road trips, lead you into small towns, and make a good story. Be adventurous in 2015! Let yourself dream of a year of new things. You can even tell the Lord that you want it to be a year of exploration and ask Him to open up doors for cool things to happen. Seek adventure, friends!

What would help me look more like jesus?

This is the most important. We were made to look like Jesus, folks. We were made in His image but because we live in a fallen world, we have to be refined to really look like Him. Looking like Jesus is hard and somewhat painful, but it is more rewarding than anything the world ever offers us.

Ephesians 4: 21-24 says, "Assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness."

Living a life for Christ means we are new creations! We are offered a new life and from the moment that Jesus is in your heart, then you get to start looking like Jesus! In this new year, open your heart to be molded by your Creator. Ask Him what specific pieces of your life need to change in order for you to look more like His son. Yes, it will be difficult, but it will be so good. Trust me!

Friends, I hope this helped. I hope that you go into resolution choosing with open mind and a moldable heart. I hope that this time next year you can look back and notice the changes you've made and that you can confidently say that you've gone on some stellar adventures and grown into a cooler, more Christ-like person. 

2015. It's happening and it's going to be great. Here's to making unique, strong New Years resolutions and eating a lot of good food.

Never stop exploring, always give hugs, & drink more coffee.

Ashton
donut enthusiast, bad texter, cat hugger 

P.S. // Stay tuned in the next few days, I'm going to talk about what NOT to do when making your resolution! 

 

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