By Myrna Brito
The New Year brings resolutions. Our resolutions may be to improve our physical health, climb the career ladder, start a business, start or complete school, draw closer to God, or/and invest in specific relationships. These are just a few examples of the noble goals we set before us at the beginning of a new year full of hope and focus.
Usually, in our enthusiasm to move forward in accomplishing our goals, we seek out resources. Depending upon the direction that we are going, it could mean books or experts that will help us effectively meet our goals. If losing weight is the goal, we may enlist the help of a trainer or read up on eating plans that have proven to be successful. We like, subscribe to and follow the people that are meeting their goals and that serve to motivate and inspire us.
Educational goals drive us to book that appointment with a counselor or register for that class. The goal to draw closer to God makes the 5:30 a.m. wake-up time for prayer and bible reading possible, because the goal is important enough that any perceived inconvenience falls by the wayside.
Depending on the goal and how personal it might be, we know the people that we can count on to provide us with counsel and necessary truth-telling, which I like to call the “kicks in the behind”. We share our goals with those close to us with the expectation that they will be supportive and cheer us on.
With that in mind, we also avoid sharing with those that we know will be the naysayers and will remind us of all the reasons why we will not make our goal. Boooo to those people. But the reality is that we all have someone like that in our life. The squad that we seek out is usually connected in some way to the goal we are pursuing. The workout squad, the career squad, the entrepreneur squad, the Jesus-loving squad etc.
The realization that I have come to is that the one group that stays constant in any one of my personal goals is the church squad. The church is the group that supports.
I love that within my church family I find support in the many areas of my personal pursuits. But the most important thing I find is a group of people that love the Lord and help strengthen my walk with Jesus. I know that my church squad prays for me and I pray for them. I cannot imagine my life without my church squad.
What about you? Does your church provide you with the support you need to reach your resolutions?
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