A new take on the new year’s goal ✨

// my goal is to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings. // Philippians 3:10

How many times do you hear the word “suffering” when someone is taking about their goals? Hmm, chances are never.

This verse stuck out to me the other morning because as we approach a new year, I think goals are something that are on everyone’s mind right now. There’s so many hopes and dreams in our hearts and the thought of them all can make us very excited. But one thing we don’t always do is count the cost of the journey those hopes and dreams may take us. The apostle Paul knew in this verse that while He set his sights and his goal on experiencing the power and majesty of Jesus, He knew that goal to know Jesus more wouldn’t come without some stretching of his own. Paul is actually making it a goal to suffer! Wait…What? WHY?

Because He knew that suffering like Jesus would awaken new strength…

Suffering would birth gratitude.

Suffering would give sight to courage.

And suffering would anchor us for the plans God has in store for us.

If you take a look at the world around us, we can see that nature already takes part in this process. We can see that nothing grows without going through the dirt first. In the dirt, in the pressing and elements of life, is where we grow our roots to propel and strengthen us forward.

I can tell you that this current season for me has been a definite pressing season for me. I’m in the middle of pursuing a definite goal…become an esthetician. At the start of school, I was looking through everything with rose-colored glasses. Everything seemed so bright, shiny and well I thought even breezy, because it’s a field I’m already interested and had a little bit of experience in; so I thought school wasn’t going to take me through anything too hard.

Gosh, little did I know that God was going use this journey of pursuing my license to teach me some solid life lessons about balancing my time, yielding to my flesh and one of hardest…people-pleasing. (Eek!) There have been times I’ve cried and I’ve questioned everything I was doing because this journey wasn’t going as smoothly as I envisioned.

I thought “How could this possibly be God’s will?”

But you know what God has shown me about His will?

{God’s will for us is to grow.}

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And God knows growth takes putting weight on areas that are weak. When I feel the weight of life surrounding me, I have found so much joy in rejoicing and praising God because it means that God is trying take me somewhere! God wants to strengthen those areas for your benefit. God is wanting you to move forward in His purposes for you! Changing the perspective can make it an exciting process!

// not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope… // Romans‬ ‭5:3-4

As we step into this new year, we are going to have hearts full of things we want to do. But as we step into these new things, don’t turn around at the first sign of weight, oppression…or dirt. Press through that dirt, my friend. And as you press through, you will feel your spirit growing stronger, your roots growing deeper and your dreams holding more significance because of your story behind them. And in the end, your story will point more and more to Jesus as you continue to press forward like Him.

You are never in this journey alone. Let’s make 2018 a year of pressing forward together! ✨

// i press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. // Philippians 3:14

regina 💜