Old, Alone, Fat, Ugly, Loser, Failure, Hopeless, Under-achiever, Broke, Un-Sexy, Talentless
Not good enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough, not Christian enough, not fit enough, not impacting enough, not whole enough, not worth enough. Not enough. Not enough. Not enough
The world is quick to bombard us with messages that we need to ‘do better’ ‘look better’ and ‘be better’.
#squadgoals #lifegoals #relationshipgoals #eyebrowgoals #baegoals #hairgoals #goals #goals #goals
Each and every January gyms, dating websites, slimming worlds and travel agents, beauticians, clothes shops, language DVDs, and book sellers all cash in on this idea that we need to improve, to do better and to be better, each new year.
This notion in itself is not terrible and one I strive for when making my ‘resolutions’ each year. I like the challenge and accountability of having things to strive for. There’s something really great about wanting to better ourselves and push ourselves, but I just think that it shouldn’t be at the cost of dismissing all we have done before, or trashing ourselves for what we have not (or worse cannot) be or achieve.
I can never be someone I am not. There are some things I am not capable of or called to do. And that’s ok!
Even if my 2015 and all the years before were terrible and full of mistakes, I am still enough. I am still loved. I am still precious. I need to do away with the lies that tell me otherwise. I need to let go of fears that are holding me back. Funnily enough these are some of my ‘resolutions’ or #goals for 2016.
I have this amazing 2016 planner by Horacio Printing and it begins with a ‘Bucket List’ (Dream, Listen, Plan, Pray). Mine looks something like this:
- REVIVAL; Physical, Spiritual, Emotional, Financial. Healthy and debt free.
Whilst the last couple of years I believe God has spoken to me about Hope and Fortitude (overcoming) this year I really believe He is speaking life over me- Revival. And I need to speak life over myself, not letting the ‘not good enough’ in.
- Rely more on Him, less on me. (Perhaps you can relate? Can I get an Amen!)
- Seeing the gifts in everything.
- Develop my creativity and broaden my reading and mind.
- Step further into my calling.
- Invest in relationships!
- Ethical purchasing.
- Pray for world issues.
- Love more freely. Forgive more often.
- Seek freedom from the past.
- Commit to a local Church
- Blog and share my voice.
- Journal and pray.
This amazing planner goes further than just a bucket list however, in setting goals, but also big dreams and refocusing for 2016. Not just setting resolutions, but asking what are my passions and focuses, and what distractions are getting in the way? This has been a game changer for me.
It asks what do I need to let go of, who do I need to forgive and what fears are holding me back, at the start of each season.
What would you answer? I found it liberating.
Rather than just a bucket list, goals, or resolutions on a tick list; what matters to you? What do you want to see God change in your life? What are you making more time for and what can you leave behind? What word are you speaking over your life? Are you putting on pressure to live up to standards, or are you stepping into amazing plans and purposes?
I read a blog at the New Year from one of my favourite authors and activists Jamie Tworkowski who founded TWLOHA. It is amazing and you should read it all but here’s a snippet (emphasis in bold mine)…
If you’re reading this, if there’s air in your lungs, then you’re alive today tonight right now.
And who can know how long we have here…
And is it a gift? Was it ever a gift? Did that ever feel true or could that one day feel true?
Are there things to fight to live for?
Moments and people. Weddings and children and all your different dreams.
Is your life more than just your own?
And are there broken things you were made to fight to fix?
Broken families, broken friends… Injustice.
Will you move for things that matter?
Wouldn’t it be nice if change took just a moment?
Wouldn’t it be nice if it were that easy?
Midnight and we’re new. Midnight and the past erased. Midnight and we’re free.
Isn’t that beautiful?! It had a # on Twitter #welcometomidnight and people shared what they were leaving behind in 2015 and hoped to find in 2016.
Reading the # made me weep as it was so uplifting. ‘Midnight and we’re new’…
I want to leave behind fear, guilt and doubt. I want to fight for justice and ‘move for the things that matter’. That’s what it’s all about.
Now 2015 was filled with some incredible times, precious moments with family and friends, trips, amazing events, great books, milestones at work, crafts, fun. But as with every year there was some heartbreak, some tough times, some lessons learnt, some days not to be repeated and some struggles to overcome. But I want to leave some of those things in 2015, leave behind the lie I am not enough and let God speak life over me; revival.
#justicegoals #lovegoals #givinggoals #gratitudegoals #mercygoals #revivalgoals #Godgoals