I recall sitting down one January years ago with a yellow legal pad, pencil in hand, ready to determine my New Year's resolutions.
I thought through each major area of my life: my career, relationships, finances and faith. I wrote down all the things I wanted to stop doing, and all the things I wanted to start doing. I looked over my list. And immediately felt overwhelmed.
I clearly had much to work on. Much to do. Much to fix. Much to establish. And much to kick.
I was going to need more coffee.
It was that same familiar urge rising up that I talked about in my devotion published today with P31: to try to make myself both more and less of me. Am I the only girl repeatedly plagued by such thoughts?
I assumed tackling all these flaws and developing all these good practices would make my life great - and that's a hard belief to shake.
Then I cracked open my Bible, with its message of grace and of Spirit-fueled transformation. Looking through the lens of the Gospels, I saw a different story than the one scribbled on my notepad. And I got a much needed injection of direction.
"Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me." ~ Jesus in John 15:4
Once again Jesus shushed my endless listing of all the things I want to change or improve about myself. Once again He afforded me humble contentment with who I am and who I'm made to be, along with the promise of coming fruit. Really, what could be better?
I do New Year's resolutions quite differently now, but you can read about that in my previous post.
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