It's New Years Eve again, a time where I look back over the last year and see how I've changed and how I've grown. I've made mistakes this year that I regret. I've learned things I didn't even know I needed to learn. I went through some hard times, but I was given amazing opportunities that still make my head spin.
While I don't throw everything into my New Year's Resolutions like most people do, I still make goals for myself and for my future. I'll share my New Year's Resolutions with you tomorrow on actual New Years Day. Perhaps you can hold me accountable. Today I want to share with you some of my goals of how I want to grow as a person and as a follower of Christ.
Next year is going to be a huge change for me. I'll be graduating high school and entering college. I'll be making new friends and living in a new place. I know I'll be vastly different by the time December 31, 2011 rolls around. By the end of next year, I want to have improved myself in the following ways.
I want to be more patient.
I want to be more self-sacrificing.
I want to be more nurturing.
I want to be more bold.
I want to be more forgiving.
I want to be stronger in Jesus Christ.
I want to be less afraid.
I want to be more confident in myself.
I want to be more confident about what God has planned for my future.
I want to be more joyful.
I want to strive to develop these things not only over the next year, but over my entire lifetime. I am such a broken, sinful person. There is so much work that needs to be done on my heart, and these are only a few of the areas in which I need to improve. Thankfully, I know that if I ask Jesus to help me and if I truly work at improving myself, I am capable of becoming who God wants me to be.
New Years isn't the only time to work on improving myself or to set goals, but in a way, it is a new beginning. It's a good reminder of the journey I've begun as a little girl striving to be like Jesus. And each year, I think I'll get a little closer.
How would you like to improve yourself and/or your relationship with God this year?