It’s exactly sixteen days until the year ends. I’m not sure how I feel about 2018. I’m certainly not going to miss it, but I’m grateful for all that it was. I’m grateful for another year of walking with Jesus. And of course, I’m thankful for growth. I’m definitely not the same person I was when the year began. I hope it’s been the same for you.
I can look back and see areas where God’s worked on me, and look ahead and still see so many areas to work on. It feels like there’s always something to change. There are two ways to react to this simple reality. We could feel overwhelmed and exhausted of all the work there is to do towards growth, or be thankful for the opportunity to become more like Jesus.
Something I’m coming to realise is that we’ll never stop growing. The aim is to be like Jesus, and until the day he returns, it’s a goal we’ll keep striving for. This means there will always be things we can work on in our lives. Sometimes, God will show us, some other times, friends and family will point them out, circumstances may even give us indications.
Something I think we could hold on to is to remember that we’re all works in progress. The journey towards perfection isn’t perfect ironically. We won’t change overnight. We won’t forsake nasty habits and adopt good ones easily. It’s going to take hard work and discipline.
Despite these, what’s really strong on my heart is that it’s okay to have an imperfect growth journey. It’s okay to still have a lot to work on. It’s okay to have habits you’re struggling with. It’s okay to mess up sometimes. It’s okay to be on a winning streak for a while and fall of the wagon for a bit. It’s okay to have stuff you’re dealing with. It simply means there’s so much room for growth!
While we set goals for the new year, I pray that a commitment to growth will really be strong on our hearts. God doesn’t expect us to be perfect. He simply wants us to be committed to our growth-processes. I hope we won’t be too hard on ourselves as we review this year and plan for the next. It’s okay to still be working on yourself, just stay committed to growth.