I always feel late to the New Year’s Resolution game. I love new beginnings and seasonal changes and find them motivating, but it’s already January 2nd and I’m still trying to remind myself what “work” is after a (wonderful) week+ of vacation. How am I supposed to know my goals for the new year already, let alone be taking steps toward them?!
I don’t think there’s anything inherently bad about making goals for the new year. Self-improvement is a worthy cause. But when I think back to goals I’ve made in the past and the times I didn’t meet them, I realize that much of the time (of course, not all — my own laziness certainly gets in the way often), my goals don’t come to fruition because God got in the way.
When I was in high school & college, my goal was to become a Christian filmmaker in Hollywood. Not someone who made cheesy religious films (as I thought of them), but someone who made blockbusters that were also God-glorifying. Someone who could play in the secular world but be a good example of Christ to her colleagues.
I don’t think this was a bad goal, and sometimes I still ponder that dream. But looking back, now at age 27, it’s clear to me that God had a different plan in mind!
I’m still not sure exactly how God will use me in this new business, even though I’m pretty sure He’s been preparing me for it for a few years now. I’ll still make goals for ARTZ Visual Media and what I think it can be in 2018. But my bigger New Year’s resolution is to hold onto those goals loosely, to let God take the reigns and leave my goals in the dust if that’s His plan. Even if His plan isn’t as “grand” as Hollywood seemed to me in high school.
Happy New Year, y’all!