It is January 1, 2016. It is the start of a new year. It is a time to set goals or make resolutions and hope they last through the end of January. It is time to start the weight loss plan, setup a budget, conquer the closet of crap, send more hello notes, pray more, go to church, you name it.
But what if we look at the New Year differently. What if we don’t focus on goals and resolutions. What if we don’t focus on losing 30 pounds or getting out of debt. What if instead we focus on success. What if we focus on taking baby steps (to quote from What About Bob). What if we focus on moving forward, even if it is slow-going. What if we focus on action, even imperfect action.
In my personal opinion, I believe success is simply trying. Failure really only happens if you don’t try. Sure, you may try something and it not work out, but you tried and hopefully you learned something to help you be more successful the next time around (right now I could lament the fact that the first time I baked Jewel Yams they were undercooked. Did I fail? No, because I tried and by trying I succeeded. Next time, I’ll cook them longer and they will be great!). Just like the image says, imperfect action is better than perfect inaction.
So I am going to do something in 2016. I will succeed not because I lose weight, not because I get a draft of Discovering Me written, not because I manage my money well, not because I do my devotions every day. I will succeed because I am going to try. I am going to do my very best, and trust God to handle the rest.
Now I will say that trying anything on my own is ridiculous. The only way true trying and true success comes to fruition is through complete dependence on God. Anything I attempt to do apart from Him will not end well, ultimately. I may have temporary success, but nothing like working with Him can and will bring.
So in 2016 I am determined to succeed. Succeeding means trying. Trying means not doing it alone but hand-in-hand with my Heavenly Father. He knows better than anyone what I desire for 2016, and only He can show me the way to go.
Wishing each and every one of you great success in 2016. It will look different for us all, but if we start trying with Him leading our team, calling the plays… there is a touchdown in our future (can you tell I have been watching a lot of college football the last couple of days???).
Happy New Year!
Ps… One “trying” area for me is writing a blog a week in 2016. I am really looking forward to having 52 blog posts logged by December 31, 2016. Let’s hope that He agrees and calls that weekly play… and that I listen! Touchdown!