Why New Year's Resolutions Ain't Enough

Sunday, January 10, 2016


Happy New Year!!! I know we have been so excited about 2016. We all love the idea of "new beginnings" and clean slates, and blank pages...and make-overs or maybe get-overs. HAHA...Hashtag LeaveToxicPeopleBehind because imma hashtag YourNameVersion2.0. Kidding aside, this is a year-starter entry just to look back and savour gratitude for 2015's seasons and adventures. I might as well take this chance to share something I find very important.

"You get us ready for life: you probe for our soft spots, you knock off our rough edges. And I’m feeling so fit, so safe: made right, kept right." Ps. 7:8-10 

First day of 2016, I lounged on a giant couch early in the morning, with a cup of home-made hot-choco (Aww). I read my Quiet Time journals, scrolled Instagram feed to 52 w ago, and most importantly, reviewed my Faith Goals written exactly the same day of 2015 as I prepared for this year's Prayer and Fasting. 2015 had been so a m a z i n g... I could not even begin to describe how God exceeded my expectations. One of my many faith goals, for instance, was to visit two Asian countries. By the end of 2015, I have visited ten, two among them were visited twice.

You know how we have plans and dreams... and these become resolutions or goals in one's desire to realise them. In the same way, Faith Goals, may also be the things that one wants to achieve. Faith Goals, however, are far different from resolutions. These are the things that you believe God for to do in, through and for you.. They're neither Christian way of doing resolutions nor "bucket lists". I don't know about you, but when I made my resolutions, they lasted until the first week of February. Why? Maybe because resolutions are anchored discipline, on firmness towards a decision, on maintained routines, on tedious effort and hard work in order to reap desired results. Not that these are bad things, in fact, they are also very important; however, to me, these are not always enough.

Meanwhile, faith goals, I learned, are the things that are way beyond and greater than one's self. This calls you to believe for things that are of God. To see things in His perspective. To believe for better things, for greater things - not only for yourself, but for others. To believe for your community to be blessed, for your nation to be changed. For the supernatural to move in your circumstance. They are anchored on God's amazing grace, on His unfailing and relentless love, on His unwavering promises, His sovereign plans and steadfast desire to give you a good hope and a good future. Because of this, you have the assurance that it is not about your financial lack, your inability to do things, your weaknesses, your medical record, your family problems, etc. In here you could believe for the Impossible. Just like when we see luxurious cars or dream houses, and casually yell out "Goals!!"; or The Beckhams hashtag FamilyGoals/RelationshipGoals etc. But in this case, goals being committed to your belief in a generous and loving God, do not remain as one's wishful thinking, and will not return to you hollow and empty. 
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. (Heb. 10:23)
Above all, the greatest reward of this is not having your faith goals fulfilled and met, but the joy of an encounter and a relationship with the Author and Perfecter of our faith, our faithful Promise Giver and our Promise Keeper, the One behind and before us, the One that waits for us at the end of our year's race, cheering and calling out, "Well done, good and faithful servant!!!!... Come share in your Master's happiness!"

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  (Heb. 12:1)

What are you believing for this 2016? I hope you are excited to seek God and pursue all the things that He has in store for you this year. May you have a wonderful year ahead filled with awesome adventures!!

Love,

Angel



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