Fresh Hope – 28th January 2021

At the end of January, how many people have already broken their New Year’s resolutions?

News of a third lockdown coupled with snowy weather pushed people to break their January diets a little earlier than usual. A few weeks in and the idea of a ‘new me’ was put on a back burner until a later date.

Goals are great. It’s good to set goals and strive to do things that allow us to grow as people. But goals don’t work unless you really have the desire to do them. External pressures or expectations are rarely the driver for successful goals.

Why did you really want to lose weight this year? Because you want to improve your health or because a national diet is the norm in January?

Why did you want to make more money this year? To be able to give more or to portray the appearance of wealth to others?

Unless it’s the first, it’s done for the wrong reason.

We are told consistently by the media (social or conventional), by marketing companies and by society in general, that we should be something different – we should have more and we should be more than we currently are. We’re constantly told that we should want to be a new version of ourselves because the current version isn’t enough.

That’s not what God tells us.
He tells us we are enough; He created us as we are and loves us for that.

Luke 14:11 (MSG)
‘But if you’re content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself.’

The Message version of this verse tells us to be content in being simply ourselves. We don’t need to pretend to be anything more in order to succeed with God.

The NIV version says
‘For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled and all those who humble themselves will be exalted.’

We don’t need to glorify ourselves to impress God. When we live with humility, seeking God’s approval rather than the acceptance of people, we focus more on applying His wisdom than acquiring social position.

The only ‘self-improvement’ goal God sets for us is to be more like Jesus.

Give what you have to offer.
Be yourself.
That’s who God created you to be – and you were created in His perfect image.

Fiona Geary

A daily devotion for a better way of living.