2 0 1 7 g o a l s

As December comes to a close, and January gets ready to make its triumphant entry, goals start to form in our minds.

A new year seems to offer us the chance we’ve been waiting for. A chance to start over, to change some things. To make our lives better.

In fact, take a look at the top ten New Years Resolutions for 2015:

1
Lose Weight
2
Getting Organized
3
Spend Less, Save More
4
Enjoy Life to the Fullest
5
Staying Fit and Healthy
6
Learn Something Exciting
7
Quit Smoking
8
Help Others in Their Dreams
9
Fall in Love
10
Spend More Time with Family
http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/

Most of these things sound good right? Obviously keeping our bodies healthy, organizing, saving money, and having fun are positive things. Right? I’m not saying these things are bad or that you shouldn’t do them…but look again at the list. What is a common motive that you see in a least 8 out of 10 of these goals? Selfishness.

Take a moment and consider this one question. It just might change your outlook on your 2017 goals. Ready?

If you knew that you were going to die on December 31st, 2017 (the last day of the year), how would you live differently in 2017? 

It’s a tough one I know. You can thank my mom for it ;).

But be honest with yourself. Would your 2017 goals look different if you knew this was your last year to live?

Maybe nothing would be different.

Maybe a few things would be different.

Maybe everything would be different.

Can you imagine what would be the top #1 New Years Resolution if every person had this mindset?

On one side of the spectrum people could lean towards selfishness. (“If this is my last year of life I want to get rich and have fun!”) Or they could lean towards selflessness. (“If this is my last year of life I want to honor God by serving others to the best of my ability and tell as many people as I can about God’s gift of eternal life!”)

Which side would you lean towards? Or would you be somewhere in the middle?

Whether your 2017 goals have drastically changed from this question or not, it is still a valuable thing to consider. Jesus calls us to be salt and light to the world. And if your 2017 goals are for that purpose than way to go. If not, it may be time to reconsider.

After all, there is a world to be changed.

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” -Matthew 5:13-16

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4 thoughts on “2 0 1 7 g o a l s

  1. Lizzie says:

    I love your blogs grace! I really see how much you are growing in your writing ability! You truly have a gift:) I love you:) And My new years resolution is to read my bible more!!!

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