This year — despite every goal-oriented, organized, to-do list tendency I possess — I’m throwing out the typical “New Year, New You” resolutions fix-it list and replacing it with a singular mission: Pressing toward the only goal that matters.

According to Apostle Paul, it has nothing to do with self-improvement or achieving success: It’s the intimate knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ and the sacrificial pursuit of God’s calling. Everything else we achieve on our own is just earthly rubbish. See Philippians 3:7-16. It irks me to see the well-known verse 14 used out of context to apply God’s calling to our personally chosen pursuits. Gotta read the whole chapter to understand what the “goal” (and the “prize”) are really all about. I’ll give you a hint: It’s not SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely).

On the other hand, God does call us to be “new” in Christ, to be not conformed but be transformed. He also tells us we have no ability to accomplish this ourselves. Hmm… how does that work? I’ll be looking at what the bible has to say about this topic in a blog post coming soon. In the meantime, does anyone else feel like throwing out the “better you” resolutions list with me?

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