“New Year…New Life!”
by Kelly J. Youngblood
It’s January. Time for a new year and a fresh start in life. Once again, we are scrambling to decide what resolutions we will make, how we will change our lives, and how to have the best year yet. We mean it this time; we will stick to those resolutions and complete them. This time we won’t fail.
I haven’t made any resolutions in a long time precisely because…
I never stick to them and I don’t enjoy failing. The last two years, I participated in choosing one word for the year, and that’s worked out fairly well. I may do that again, but I’m also setting some goals. This is a big challenge for me, because I have never been a goal-setter–likely due to my fear of failure. But because of an experience I had towards the end of 2014 with writing down my passions and gifts, I’m writing down five different goals that I’d like to reach this year:
- Finish writing my novel
- Update and publish my women in leadership Bible study curriculum
- Redo my website
- Be more organized
- Have more speaking engagements
There’s a good chance that all of these will not come to some sort of tangible fruition, but rather than focusing on achieving something to check it off of a list, I’m instead thinking of them as realistic dreams. These five items are important to me for various reasons–they aren’t any sort of goals that anyone else thinks would be best for me. They fit me and what God is calling me to do in serving Him.
I might fail at them. But accepting the possibility of failure is one step to becoming all that I am meant to be and to do. Sometimes, we are even afraid to dream for fear of failure, and we inadvertently suffocate ourselves from who we are meant to be.
When Jesus died on the cross and then lay in the tomb, he was, for all intents and purposes, a failure. A dead Messiah isn’t a successful Messiah.
And then came the resurrection. New life. From death and failure came a new life, hope, and purpose for everyone.
And so, this year, what I will focus on is that it is ok to fail, because failure is not the end, but a doorway to something else that may be even better than what I’d imagined.
Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. –Ephesians 3:20-21
Kelly J. Youngblood is a writer, speaker, wife, mom, coffee and cat lover who lives in Iowa. She’s been listed as one of the Top 10 Christian Female bloggers by author Frank Viola and one of the Top 100 Christian bloggers by Anita Mathias . She graduated cum laude from the University of New Mexico with a BA in English Literature and minor in Religious Studies. She is also a contributor to Zondervan’s upcoming NIV Devotional Bible for Women: Fresh Insights for Thriving in Today’s World, which releases in September. You can connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, or her website.