As we head into the holiday season, it is a time to reflect on the year past. Time to reflect on all that has happened, both good and bad and makes plans, goals and dreams for the future. I’m not particularly big on resolutions although I do think they have their place . But instead prefer to makes plans. tangible lifestyle changes to perhaps accomplish what would be considered a goal or resolution. i would like to now share these with you.
When I started this blog it was about fitness and my journey encouraging others to learn and grow ass I have but over recent months it has become something more and something I am proud of. The focus originally went physical well being, emotional well being spiritual well being. I pause d to reflect recently not only how my blog posts of chanegd but also how I’ve changed, and although I think physical and emotional well being are critical to our over all well being and confidence I now put it’s importance significantly behind the importance of spiritual well being. So next step. Lets re vamp this blog. I want to give tangible tips on how to improve every aspect of our lives but I want God to be the center and most important part of it all.
PLAN #1: SPIRITUAL WELL BEING
Previously I have been adamant that I should go to church and I should pray regularly which are great practices. I want to improve upon these things and take it one step further. My plan is to integrate my faith and prayers into my every day. My goal in this is to talk to God hourly. It will take a fair amount of discipline to implement but I feel it will improve my lifestyle and create a calmer more relaxed happy atmosphere for myself. To form this habit I will be leaving and setting reminders for myself throughout the day to stop and pray. Even if just for a few seconds. That constant refocus on God will not only help me to start listening for and hearing his voice and his will in my life but will also take me out of routine and cause me to look at every event every encounter as an opportunity to use him to help others and to use the gifts he has blessed me with to influence others.
Philipians 4: 6-9
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.
I have always had this as my favourite verse but now it will apply more than ever as I take each opportunity I can to thank God, release my worries and stresses to him and listen for his help and guidance. I pray that my obedience will result in a direct impact on the kingdom and that I might be able to touch even just one life around me.
I also know that this means challenges and adversity that I may tested or attacked spiritually. I ask that you who read this will pray for me for strength and help as I may make this lifestyle change.
PLAN #2: EMOTIONAL WELL BEING
Managing emotions especially as a hormonal female can be crazy difficult. For me this year it’s going to be about controlling and engaging the negative emotions in a way that’s positive and taking those positive emotions to a new level by being more open and engaging with those around me. I want to live a good life. Will I be perfect, no. But with Gods help I can make it through. My goal is to take my negative energy and channel it towards something good to allow myself to remain positive even through a hard situation. In my personal life I enjoy being physically fit so my negative emotions can be let out through kick boxing. My negative emotions at work may be harder to manage so my goal is to release those in my quiet times. not by venting and gossiping with other staff but by praying.
10 How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me. 11 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything through Christ,[d] who gives me strength. 14 Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty.
Again from Philippians is a verse that I draw strength on. Specifically verse 13. “For I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.” What a powerful and wonderful promise. No matter what I can do it because God will give me the strength. He will never give me more than I can handle. And although I may stumble or fall or although the road may be bumpy with this help I will make it through.
PLAN #3: PHYSICAL WELL BEING
The last year has been a blast as I improve my skills and my health all in one fell swoop with a number of new hobbies I have acquired. I feel these skills can be put to good use if done in a kind sportsman like manner with God as the center getting all the glory. I wish to keep my body his temple healthy and fit to the best of my abilities. I also would like to be a great sport and a great competitor no matter what I try. My goal this year is to push my limits. I wish to compete in an entry level triathlon and possibly run a half marathon. If their is time I would also like to compete in the spartan races as they pass through town. On top of all that I will strive to improve my basketball skills. continue my bike riding both to and from work but also long distance and lastly keep up with kick boxing as an emotional and physical release. All of these activities can bring glory to God as I honor him with my attitude my gifts and my talents.
Parable of the Three Servants
14 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. 15 He gave five bags of silver[a] to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip.
16 “The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. 17 The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. 18 But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money.
19 “After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. 20 The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.’
21 “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together![b]’
22 “The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.’
23 “The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’
24 “Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. 25 I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’
26 “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate,27 why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’
28 “Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. 29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. 30 Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
Although to some this parable can seem harsh it is to show that everything we are given no matter how big or small are gifts from God and can be used in their own way to bring him glory. I wish to do the same with my talents. Will I be the best, not by a long shot. But I will use the gifts and talents he has blessed me with to bring him honour.
So what will your new year. What plans will you make and what goals will you set to achieve these plans. For me these are more than just a passing whim these plans have been prayerfully considered and will be come a lifestyle routine. Their is no end goal because I will never be done serving and honoring my God with my words and actions