Matthew 6:19-21 NIV2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 2:12 NIVWell, it is that time again! The time to think about a new year and the possibilities for making it better than the last. I, like most everyone, cannot remember a single resolution that I made last year. I seem to always set myself up for failure with lofty ambitions of losing weight, being more organized, blogging more. :-) I know my sister always makes fun resolutions, like "wear more lipstick" or "eat more frozen yogurt." I wish I could be more like her!
But, alas, I am the eldest, and I do come from a long line of over-thinkers. So my resolution for 2014 will not be whimsical, nor will it be easy to achieve. I am trying to set myself up for failure here! But, after reflecting on the verses above for almost a year now, I am certain that this resolution is one that I need to make.
In 2014, I resolve to not make a single purchase of new clothing, accessories (except for M.E.R.CY Jewelry, an amazing organization I help with its online sales) or shoes for myself. I am saying, "Enough with Stuff!"
Why am I doing this? I am starting in the hopes that the anticipated change in my attitudes will inspire my children in years to come to look past our culture's obsession with stuff and to seek more from life. To quote Romans: to "not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." I certainly want this for them, and I want it for myself as well. I want to test and approve God's good, pleasing and perfect will. I want to hear and to be ready to respond. I have asked myself when I read this verse, "How have I conformed to this world?" and "How can I renew my mind?" Well, I have allowed myself to be conformed and distracted by stuff, in my want for something that will make me feel prettier, younger, cooler, greener, etc. Basically, we just want to feel better. So we buy more stuff. And we make resolutions. :-)
I don't think I am the first person to attempt this stunt, and, really, it is not a stunt. I am not going around tooting my own horn about this, to try and make myself seem holier than thou. I have like 6 followers on this blog. I am really fine if it stays that way. My only reason for putting this on screen is so I can have a way to record and reflect on the process and (hopefully) the progress. I think I will be surprised at how difficult it is to break away from these habits. It sounds crazy. I know I have enough stuff, and I know God provides, so why do I need to test it? But, every time I enter Target, there is a battle with my desire to acquire.
I could break away from any other worldly, idle idols, i.e. T.V., Facebook, etc. These are also ways I have conformed to the world and need renewing of my mind. But, being reminded over and over of the verse in Matthew about storing your treasures in heaven has directed me to this path. I am truly praying that God will show me His security, His protection, His ways, and His will through this experience. I hope that I will find real treasure at the end of this map (His Word), and that God guides me as I follow it. This is just a small piece of the way my mind needs constant renewal, day by day.
If you have read this, will you pray for me? You are also welcome to join me on this journey. Wouldn't that be cool? To have a movement? Again, I don't want to make a big fuss of me or what I'm doing, but let's see what God is doing! Feel free to comment with your own New Year's resolutions below.