Here we are again. Another year has come and gone. We all lead such different lives from one another, and this year has meant something totally different to every one of us. But I’m sure that like me, all of you are reflecting on 2014: the things you did, the things you didn’t do, the joy, the hurt, and the change (good and bad).
I really didn’t want to write a cliché “New Year” post, so I hope this doesn’t end up being something like that. But as a read my journal entry from this day last year, I was inspired to write something as I look ahead to 2015.
I remember how I felt when I wrote that “New Year, New Me” (ugh, I hope I never say that again) entry last year. I was sitting in the same spot as I am right now. I had amazing expectations for 2014. I wrote about all that I would do, all that I would change, and all that I knew God would do in my life. I was so confident and so eager for a fresh start.
And honestly, as I read it again 365 days later, I’m disappointed. I’m not disappointed with God because He is so, so faithful and has proven it countless times this year. But I am, however, disappointed with myself. There are so many things that I wanted to do, so many things that I wanted to change that I didn’t. Time got in the way. Life got in the way.
And that is precisely why I hate, HATE New Year’s resolutions. It’s really all about the hype and excitement of a new year, and we all set ourselves up for defeat very single year.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that we’re all big fat failures and that we can never stick to anything that we want to do. It is absolutely possible to stick to and accomplish goals!! I’m saying that we’re human. We have this tendency to get so excited about new things and then when that excitement wears off, we forget all about it and look for something else to excite us for the time being. It’s a viscous cycle and we constantly let ourselves down because of it.
And this is the cycle that I dove into on December 31st, 2013. In the excitement of a fresh, new year, I wrote about all the things I was going to do! After reading it this morning, I only had one thought: “Wow, I really wasted a lot of time this year.”
Ugh, I hate that. I feel like one of the worst things we can do is waste time. So with that in mind, I made one, ONE resolution for 2015. ONE resolution that won’t cause me to be disappointed on December 31st, 2015:
Don’t. Waste. Time.
This is something so simple, but all-encompassing. I’m hoping that this mindset will help me to value this year to the fullest. If you think about it, wasting time is really a huge slap in God’s face. Our time is limited, and 2016 isn’t guaranteed to us. Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed to us. Our next breath isn’t even guaranteed to us.
Each moment is a precious gift from God. To waste them is to throw away a gift that we aren’t entitled to at all.
“Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” -James 4:14
There are 525,600 minutes in each year (If you’re anything like me, you’re currently singing Seasons of Love from Rent after reading that). There is no reason that any of those minutes should be meaningless or without purpose.
As totally cliché as it is to say, I was created on purpose for a purpose. You were created on purpose for a purpose. We were created for this exact moment, and all the moments that are to come in 2015. There is a purpose to each and every moment of our lives!
“Make the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of The Lord is.” Ephesians 5:16-17
So I’m not going to make a list of resolutions that I may or may not follow through with. I’m starting 2015 with the end of it in mind.
More than anything, above all the resolutions I could possibly make, all I resolve to do this year is to remember the value of each moment and the sovereignty of God in each of them. The only thing I want is for God to be pleased with the way I use the time He has given me. I don’t want to use it selfishly. I want to use it for the things He intended for. After that, I believe that everything else will fall into place for this year. And as I read this next year, I will be able to say that I used God’s time, God’s gift to me, as wisely as I could.
(As a side note, I think it’s important to remember that we don’t have to wait for a new year to make changes in our lives. We might let ourselves down, but God is so merciful that He never loses hope in us. When we mess up or even when we waste His time, we can always ALWAYS start over! It’s never too late! Thank God!)
“The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” -Lamentations 3:22-23