Each new year, I pick a word and focus on growing in that area. For 2017, my word was consistency. Even though I have fallen off the bandwagon many times, I have been consistent with working out with my trainer for at least two days a week. In 2018, my word was boundaries (I later added balance) and I made it my business to create certain boundaries with people in my life. Truthfully, I am still working on balance but I am doing much better than I was this time last year!
For 2019, I will focus on being worry-free! This past year worry has consumed almost my every thought. I have worried more about things I have no control over and as a follower of Christ, it goes against everything I say that I believe in. As the saying goes, “If you’re going to worry, don’t pray and if you’re going to pray, don’t worry!” It’s just a fancy way of reminding Christians that God handles everything for us and when we worry, we are really saying that we do not trust God. Ouch! Typing that hurt.
I profess that God fights my battles almost daily but secretly my heart is filled with complete grief and worry. I will NOT bring my negative thinking into 2019. Worry will no longer consume my thoughts and I will allow God to take the driver’s seat in my life. He can handle my life much better than I can!
I will meditate on Matthew 6:24-34. In this passage, Jesus teaches his followers to not worry about the day to day things of this world, such as what they will eat, drink or wear. He gave an example about how the flowers of the field do not worry about how they look and yet God dressed them beautifully! “If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you – you of little faith?“ – Matthew 6:30. He closes the passage by telling the people to first seek the kingdom AND his righteousness, and all these things will be given to them. He then commands them not to worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself and each day has enough trouble of its own! – Matthew 6:33-34
The last few scriptures are a mouth full! Basically, Jesus is telling me as His follower that I have little faith because I continue to worry and I am worrying so much because I am not seeking the kingdom first. Yeah…that stung. But that was the old me. This new, older, wiser, more vibrant, full of faith, 2019 Malisa will lean on God more and worry less.
So cheers to 2019! It will be worry-free for me!