You are not alone.
As 2017 approaches, I’m hopeful about the possibilities of growth, adventure, and wisdom. Yet, there is a lingering anxiety about what’s in store, too. In January alone, Trump’s taking office, I’m turning a year older, and sunshine will feel increasingly coated by winter.
To sustain myself in the new year, there are a few rhythms and reminders that I strive to embody.
I’m the type of person who may make a mistake and swim in guilt long after God’s forgiven me.
I’m the type of person who decorates vision boards and pretty journals with goals. Often times, I fall short of accomplishing them as I’ve imagined. I lose enthusiasm along the way.
I forget to extend myself grace for being human.
I forget to replenish myself with God’s love and move on, unburdened by shame.
It’s time to remember.
This past summer, I started a gratitude box. Before sleeping, I try to write down moments throughout the day that motivated, taught, or filled me with joy. If I ever get kind notes from friends, those are placed inside my box as well. Whenever I feel trampled by fear, worry, or emptiness, this practice reminds me that my life also abounds with blessings.
My life moves at its own pace. It doesn’t move in the same rhythm as that of my family, best friends, colleagues, or Facebook friends.
By better accepting this reality, my life will hopefully be more filled with peace than concerned by pace.
Who validates you?
One of my greatest flaws is caring too much about others’ opinions of me. I love being kind, but sometimes, I can be overly accommodating. Or, my whole day and night’s sleep can be ruined over a harsh comment or even anxiety about not pleasing everyone.
As a result, there’s a biblical verse to which I aspire. In Galatians 1:10, Paul says,
“Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.”
Thank you for reading my blog entry. In the midst of whatever trials you face, I hope you find joy and wisdom in 2017. I pray you feel loved by those who matter, including yourself. I pray that you willingly receive grace. As I pray for you, I pray the same for myself.