Starting Your New Year Right
1 Samuel 16:7 The Voice Translation
Eternal One (to Samuel): 7 “Take no notice of his looks or his height. He is not the one, for the Eternal One does not pay attention to what humans value. Humans only care about the external appearance, but the Eternal considers the inner character.”
Now that we have arrived safely in 2021. We are grateful, thankful, and excited to be able to open our eyes and inhale a deep breath and even better exhale out. We are elated that along with millions of others we stepped out of the year 2020! Although fundamentally nothing has changed between 11:59 PM on December 31 and 12:01 AM on January 1 we feel a breath of fresh air flowing in and around us!
Distinct from most years, we did not hear or see many New Year resolutions. I assume this is because 2020 wiped out thoughts of losing weight, setting career goals, or trying new vacation spots since the vast majority are not going to gyms to workout, are working from home and can not travel. 2020 was spent holding on to hope, keeping the faith, loving our families in ways that we had not in years gone by and awaiting change. We accepted new methods of communicating and sharing with those we care for and got down to what old folks would call “the nitty gritty”.
We can now look back at 2020 and look ahead at a new canvas of a year that is blank to the human eye, yet full of possibility. What is ahead for us? What will we do with this year? These questions remain but cannot sit in our minds too long. Days are passing, minutes are ticking by.
We can determine what we should do by evaluating what we have learned and move accordingly. While 2020, proved to be a great teacher of many subjects, one of the things we learned is that when you cannot go out and flaunt your massive wardrobe, expensive shoes, and glamourous makeup is ultimately these things do not matter! So, what does matter? Our inner character.
Character matters. It is defined as the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual and is what identifies you in the world. Although we like to look good at a job interview it is not your visible traits that are discussed or inquired of. The interviewer wants to know what your proficiencies are, what your morals are and if you are timely, perhaps congenial, and dependable.
If you are recognized for award of merit no one describes an individuals Gucci belt or Chanel purse as the reason for accolade or decoration but rather the reward is for the excellence you displayed in a specific field, subject or arena. According to the scripture the outward man is perishing daily. The scripture also advises us to “take no thought” of what we will wear, eat, etc. in our tomorrow. We must be cognizant of what God cares about and deems important and work towards pleasing Him always.
Focusing on the things that can change your day, month, and year along with action to them will propel your life into the next level.
In 2021, let us plan to improve our lives by renovating and refining what matters. Educate yourself by reading the word of God, reading books, articles and of course blogpost! Check out the resources that I have out there to help you achieve in the area of maturity at https://linktr.ee/Mojoren74. Developing Inner Character is something that only you can do for you! Remember it’s an inside job!