Dec 30th, 2021
Home: The Dining Room
By: Will Briggs
2 minute read 

1 Corinthians 10:31 So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (NLT)

Is it too early to talk about the new-year, new-you trends heading our way on January 1? It’s just around the corner, you know. Do you embrace the resolution thing? Are you the one who’s planning to start exercising, or stop eating junk, or learn to play an instrument—or all of the above? Haha!

Sometimes it works. We grit our teeth, stick to it, and establish a habit. If you’re gonna do it, make it count, right? So many resolutions require a varied approach to discipline... planning or putting it on the calendar. Finding someone who can chase that goal with you and hold you accountable. Rearranging or adjusting our way of thinking to make mental space for a new priority.

What if this season of refocusing could be leveraged differently. What if it was not so much about you but about others instead? Like, what if it wasn’t just about losing weight, or getting buff, or being better or more skilled at a novel pursuit? What if you turned the focus outward, in a way that helped you love God and love people more than ever before in the coming year? Here are a few ideas to consider: 

  • Establish a habit of celebration. How can you celebrate people around you at home, work, school, or… anywhere? Find a way to celebrate others’ successes and milestones in big and small ways. 
  • Dare to extend the invitation. Invite the person on the periphery to join you and your friend or family groups. They might say no, but they might say yes! Your relationships may be one of the most valuable things you have to share with someone who doesn’t have them.
  • Help relieve the pain of isolation. From lockdowns to hospitalizations, death to divorce, people wind up in seasons where they feel isolated and alone. Like no one cares and no one sees. Be the one who notices people who have been through recent life-quakes and need someone alongside as a friend.

Get creative. Be prayerful. Ask God to guide your ideas and thoughts in this vein. Pay attention to the nudge of His Spirit through your time with Him, through circumstances, and more!

With anything like this, when we chase change, we will learn things we didn’t know. We’ll find gifts we might not have imagined we have. We discover challenges and drawbacks we didn’t expect that force us to morph our plan or approach. But the things we value, we will invest in. Time, energy, money, effort. Even in the face of failure, we will try again. We will reset, refocus, reframe, restart until that worthy pursuit becomes a way of life.

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