We’re usually so focused on what we will DO at the first of a new year. Unfortunately, within a couple of months, people sometimes forget about those goals or lose motivation to continue. I know because I have been guilty of stopping and giving up on what I said I would do. I read recently that when we encounter resistance, it means we are attempting to do something that will nourish and feed the soul. For example, it’s much easier to purchase new workout clothes than going to the gym or sticking with an exercise regimen routine. That’s why I remind myself to begin with the end in mind. (7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey). Instead of focusing on what I want to do, I need to focus on what I want to become. On the days I dread the 30 minute walk, I may tell myself I want to become healthier. Achieving better health can help give me the momentum to push beyond the resistance to complete the task. “New Year, New Me” is a meme for 2022. Well, I want to encourage you to think of something that you want to become in this new year. I remember back in 1999, I was working as the front desk attendant at a local office, and with all my previous work experience, I was hired to become the first office manager at another agency. Around that same time, I helped start the first puppet ministry at a local church. Then, I later served as the first ministry of arts coordinator. I was the first child of my parents to graduate from college (not the only one though). The first (so far) to write a book. Currently, I’m the first Celebrate Recovery Ministry Leader at Live Oak Church. I’m proud to say that my three siblings have also accomplished their own “firsts.” In this new year, I want to encourage you to focus less on what you will DO. Examples could be to exercise more, eat better, lose weight, read the Bible daily, go back to school. Focus more on what or who you want to BE or what do you want to become as a result of those actions. Then, on the days when you become weary and discouraged, you can begin with the end in mind. Now, I have a question for you: What hasn’t been done yet in your family? In your church? In your school? On your job? In your community? You can be the first to accomplish that. Yes, you can. Becoming the first could be challenging and will give you an opportunity to learn, grow and be creative. It’s not about earning bragging rights. That’s not what I’m trying to do. It’s about being selected or being available to fill a need, and I give all the glory to God. My journals are filled with notes of praise and adoration for His goodness, mercy, grace and favor. Once you’ve decided on who you want to become in 2022, I really want to hear about it. If you have any comments or questions about anything I’ve shared today, feel free to DM, reply, call, text, email me. I’d love to hear from you and celebrate with you. Do me a favor and check out my monthly blog and share your thoughts with me during Facebook Live before the end of the month. Head over to my website www.charlenestevensjenkins.com and stay connected with me! I’m here to encourage, inspire and motivate. I’m praying for you.
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