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New Year 2018 {PURPOSE}

IT’S OFFICIALLY 2018!!! Happy New Year, lovely people! And welcome to my new blog.

Every new year, most everybody starts compiling a list of resolutions, a list of goals, a list of things they want to do that year. It is, after all, a brand new year, sparkling with possibility. We’re ready, we’re motivated, and we’re looking to the future with open minds! Because this year is going to be different! This is going to be the year when you finally (fill in the blank). This is the year that you will accomplish (whatever it is).

But then…sometimes a couple of months in, sometimes a couple of weeks in, and oftentimes a couple of days in, we start to slack off. Am I right? Yes? Oh good, I didn’t think I was the only one. 😛 Those goals we were so sure we were going to accomplish seem quite far fetched. That list of things that we were so determined to complete everyday, we don’t. Those resolutions? They fly out the window. *waves*

I know. Discouraging, right? But it’s so true, isn’t it? And guess what? We’re human. We fail. It happens. But I promise, this post isn’t meant to be negative.

All these resolutions and goals are great- especially when we stick to them. Who doesn’t like succeeding? But what is the most important thing? What is the purpose of not just the New Year, but of each day that we wake up?

The purpose for the lives we’re living right now is Jesus. To further His kingdom, to glorify His name, and to reach others through His power. That’s our purpose. That’s what our goal should be, and not only each new year. But each month, each week, and each day. It’s a goal we need to reach for, and a resolution we need to set; it needs to be what we strive for daily. That’s the reason we should be motivated to wake up every morning. Jesus. Because He’s the reason we have breath in our lungs. He’s the one who allows us to wake every morning.

And I know a lot of tend to look toward the future. We set goals not thinking of today, but tomorrow. Of the future. Abbiee wrote a great post talking about this last week. I am this way. But if all we’re supposed to focus on is the future, why are we here in the present (and by the way, none of us would have a future without a present)? God is giving us life daily. Daily. *lifts fingers to chin thoughtfully* I’m fairly certain, then, that we’re supposed to live each day like it’s important.

So, what are a few things that always need to be a goal, regardless of where else we fail, and even if we’re too busy to complete our other goals or fulfill our resolutions? Here are five things to strive for this year.

  1. Spend time with God everyday. In His Word and in prayer. The Bible is His words to us, and prayer is ours to Him. If we’re going to accomplish anything else in a day, or in the New Year, or in our lives, we must have a constant, thriving relationship with God. He is our Father. He loves us; He wants to hear from us. What kind of relationship would you have with someone if you didn’t talk to them? Well, probably not a relationship… So take time out of your busy schedule and just talk to God. I know there are some days when I feel “I just don’t have the time.” Well, if something is really important, you make time for it. I’m just as guilty as the next person about not spending time with God like I should. But it’s important, isn’t it? Apart from Him, we can do nothing. So, how can we expect to live our lives if we don’t have personal relationships with Him? And if our purpose is to glorify Him, we can’t exactly do that if we’re not following His call. And we can’t know His call unless we read His words.
  2. Be kind to those around you. Strangers, friends, and family. Our purpose is to be a light to others, right? How are we going to be a light if we can’t even love those we come in contact with everyday? Be kind. Be a friend. Go out of your way to help someone, love someone, or give them encouragement. Smile. Write a note. There’s always a way to show God’s love to someone, and it’s something I really need to work on as well. There’s the saying that goes, no one cares how much you know until they know how much you care. Someone may just be having a rough day, and they need to see that smile on your face. They may need a hug. They may just need someone to talk to. Be that person.
  3. Do everything with an attitude of doing it “as unto the Lord.” I know that often times, the small tasks in life can seem repetitive and tedious. And sometimes, there are things we just don’t want to do. *coughs* laundry *coughs* Other times, we’re doing things we love. Whatever it is, though, do it with this attitude. Do it to the glory of God. As unto the Lord. That’s what the Bible says. That’s what God tells us to do. So, whatever it is, the laundry, school, your job, do it as unto the Lord. Do it cheerfully. Things can really start to matter if we’re striving to do it for God. It can also help us realize what’s important and what’s not. And what better way to show that we’ve got the joy of the Lord?
  4. Count your blessings. Don’t forget to be thankful! We tend to forget what gratefulness and contentment are in a world that’s always telling us we need the very next thing. But we’ve been given way too much to think for one second that we need anything else, or that we don’t have enough. Jesus died for us, and even if that was all He ever did, that would’ve been enough for us to be content our whole lives. But He has blessed us with so much more than that. I have a roof over my head. I have a sufficient amount of food to eat (and more). I’m breathing. I have a family that loves and cares for me. And I have plenty of things I don’t actually need. We need to remember those things. “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
  5. Remember God loves you. Even on the hardest days- and they’ll come- when you feel like nothing, when everything is going wrong, when you feel worthless, unloved, or alone. God loves you, and He’s a prayer away. How great is that?? And whatever it is, it will pass. It will. I love the saying that says “Even your worst day is only 24 hours long.” I’m willing to bet that most of us have far more better days than worse. And even if that isn’t the case, just remember that God loves you. He’ll get you through whatever it is. And if you ever need someone to talk to, *raises hand* I’m here!

There is my list of five things to strive for and hopefully achieve this New Year. No matter how well you do keeping up with your resolutions or meeting your goals, keep these things in mind. They’re the most important. Then go tackle those goals and resolutions! You can do this!

Our purpose this new year, each year before, and every year God gives us after is to glorify His name and further His kingdom. I hope that’s what we do. Please pray for me, and I’ll be praying for you as well!

Let’s Talk!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! *throws confetti* What’s something on this list that you need to work on the most? What’s something you’re most looking forward to this year?

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18 thoughts on “New Year 2018 {PURPOSE}

  1. So true!! I’m so guilty of making goals goals goals without taking time to pursue what is really relevant (especially last year!) and finding time for God. I’m trying hard to fix that this year.

    I’m looking forward to seeing more on your blog this year!

    1. Me too! It’s so easy to focus so much on those things, and lose my focus on God, so I’m right with you.

      Thank you so much for reading, Hannah! It means a lot to me. <3

  2. Omw RILEY I LOVE THIS SO MUCH *hugs this post and you* Reading this really brightened my day and encouraged me! Thank you!

    #3 is something I really need to work on this year. The little tasks drive me crazy, especially when I’d rather be writing or helping someone. But they’re SO important. I read in a book last night that how can God not care about the little things, when He made so many of them? Like you said, they’re opportunities to serve him more.

    Congrats on the new blog! I can’t wait to see where it goes in the next year! 😀

    <3
    audrey caylin

    1. OMW THANK YOU SO MUCH AUDREY! *hugs you* I’m so glad it encouraged you!

      Wow, that’s a neat point. There certainly are a lot of little things, and it makes sense for them to matter when he made them.

      Thank you 1000x, Audrey!! You’re the best! <3

  3. This is such a great post, Riley! =D And congratulations on the new blog (love the header, btw)! You’ve got a new follower. =)

    I really need to work on #1 this year and strive to fix my eyes on Christ and the purpose he has for me. I think it’s so easy for me to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, to-do lists and charts, plans and worries. This year I want to focus on being still in His presence and giving Him all of my anxieties.

    Hope you have a great 2018! =)

    Micaiah @ Notebooks and Novels

    1. Thank you so much, Micaiah!! I’m so happy you like it!! Thanks for the follow 🙂

      Oh my goodness, same here. I feel like last year was just consumed by my anxieties. My goal is definitely to focus more on God this year as well.

      I hope you have a great year, as well! Thank you so much for reading! <3

  4. That was so thoughtful and well written, Riley! It really made me think. Number three is especially convicting and something I’ve been thinking quite a bit about recently.

    I look forward to following your blog! 🙂

    1. Awww, thank you!!! I’m glad you liked it! Same here…it’s a hard attitude to have, but I’m sure it’ll make life more meaningful.

      Thank you for reading, Anna! <3

  5. This post is great. I agree the New Year can be exciting but then days in we lose the encouragement as we realize the days are like the past days. But the things we should do everyday like spending time with God and being kind are great things.
    Simply Me

    1. Thank youuuu! Yesss, repetitiveness can get old, but I think it’s so important to live each day to it’s fullest doing those things. 🙂

      Thank you so much for reading, Vanessa! I’m glad you liked it! <3

  6. I love this so much, Riley! Spending more time with God is something I want to try to work on this year, too. So far I’ve kept up a little devotion nightly… but we’re also only seven days into the year. 😛 (which means we’re already 1/52 of the way through the year – ACK!)

    katie grace
    a writer’s faith

    1. Thank you so much, Katie!! Haha, I have too, but that’s true (and completely crazy to think about it that way…yikes)! Thanks for reading! <3

  7. YES!!! Oh my, this is so true! Especially #1! It is so hard for me to remember that Jesus is meant to be the FOCUS of my life and everything I do, so often I just push that to the side saying I “have to get some stuff done”. Anyway, yes, this post is amazing and I totally agree!! Love your new blog!
    Lydia

    1. AWW, thank you so much, Lydia! Yes, I do that same thing!! I’m hoping to remedy that this year 😛

      Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I’m so glad you like it! <3

  8. This is beautiful! I of course need to work more on spending more more with God, but I also need to remember that God Loves me, especially in this season of my life where I am dealing with some hurt in my personal life. Thank you for this encouraging post!

    1. Thank you so much, Gabriella! Aww, I’m sorry 🙁 Is there any way I can pray for you? I’m glad this was encouraging to you! Thanks for reading! <3

  9. Hi Riley! What lovely (and thought provoking) words! Things I definitely need to work on, especially #2 and #3. I like your blog! Congrats and welcome aboard! 🙂

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