It seems to me that, with each new year, comes a refreshed need for direction in our lives. Where do we seek this direction? Rather, where can we find reliable direction?
Whether this need for direction stems from a desire to lose weight, to get your finances in check, to meet the love of your life, to be the BEST YOU, etc., it’s worth talking about. The new year is typically a very popular time to work on setting new goals and beginning a sort of “reinventing” process that may or may not last into February. Regardless, humans are wandering around looking for some sort of guidance in all of this. So. Where do we go?
Ourselves. We often turn inward and do some “soul-searching” when we’re unsure of what to do next. This can be extremely helpful, as it’s great to get in touch with ourselves and really focus in on what we need this year. However, we risk becoming a little too focused on ourselves and losing sight of those around us, the bigger, picture, or even ourselves 10 years down the road.
Society. Duh. We can’t escape society, no matter how hard we try. We look to advertisements–which, by the way, you are not the only one setting new goals this year. Those companies renting billboards, airing commercials, printing ads in the newspaper, etc. are also aware of this cultural phenomenon. You’d best believe they’re playing into your newly found interest in weight loss, nutrition, academia, etc.–Anyway. Society tells you that your goal should be _______________ and you just run with it! You may even find some solid guidance from these advertisements. Example: 10 Easy Steps to Happiness! or 15 Fat-Busting Foods YOU Need More of in 2016!
Loved ones. Maybe your mother mentioned something about your love life over Christmas dinner. Maybe your cousin slimmed down and the whole family oggled over his transformation. Maybe your best friend just bought a house with her husband and you’re looking at your tiny apartment wondering how to get out. Our loved ones have a HUGE impact on our direction. And it’s not necessarily a bad thing!
I could go down the list of places we can find our direction, guidance, meaning, purpose, etc. all day. But I know where I SHOULD be seeking these things.
GOD. Why would I not choose to look to the creator of the universe, the maker of my being, the Alpha, Omega, the Heavenly Father…for all things? Well, because it’s not always easy. God could put me on a path that I really do not wish to follow. He could tell me that when I graduate in May, He has plans for me in another country and I have to leave my friends and family behind. He could tell me that He wants me to take that low-paying job instead of the more substantial income because I can serve His people better that way. He could tell me that my perfect position isn’t available yet and I need to wait it out while working in retail. If I, however, choose my direction, I can be comfortable. I can feel successful. I can feel independent. I can get the paycheck I want. I can be close to the people I want to be close to.
It’s REALLY difficult to put my trust somewhere other than myself. Which is absolutely crazy considering the fact that I trust in God to keep gravity in check every day when I step out of bed. Why, then, would I have such trouble trusting Him to lead me in 2016?
All I know is that each day is a new chance to put my trust in God. Each day is a chance to ask for His forgiveness for not trusting Him yesterday, and to ask for His help in trusting Him more today.
What will 2016 bring? Well, I’ll graduate college. And that’s terrifying. Where will I work? Where will I live? What will I wear? Who will my friends be? What will I eat? WHO KNOWS? God knows.