New years rarely come in gently, do they?
Like toddlers in a toy-store they charge in, carrying resolutions and dreams bigger than their britches.
Fresh beginnings, inspiring and heavy with promise—but often heavy, too, with fear.
Fear of failure, of inadequacy, of not being enough for the dreams we’ve dared to wish upon a newborn year.
So much weight on the frail shoulders of a young year.
In 2018, why not add one simple resolution to the list—one that offers freedom rather than burden.
Of course, we don’t like to identify ourselves as having a need to impress, I mean, who has time for all that when we’re trying to live and love and serve—all while cramming 30 hours into 24?
But, when we break it down to its small beginnings—how often do we entertain thoughts of what others think of us? Tweet This
Which, by the way, is quite different from how others think of us. Of course we care to be seen as physically and spiritually clean—teeth sparkling, clothes matching, grace flowing.
But, somewhere along the way, it can move beyond that. Without realizing it, we can become so taken with the superficial ideals of what others think, we sometimes lose sight of what’s truly impressive.
And, hint: it’s not us.
I can think of many-a-word to describe the apostle Paul, but subtle isn’t one of them. Candidly, Paul reminds us that—our place is not to impress. (“Don’t try to impress others.” Phil 2:3, NLT)
Isn’t that just all kinds of freeing?
This year, what do you say we take Paul up on that challenge and give one another permission to be unimpressive?
Five Ways to Be (Un)impressive in 2018:
- Become impressed all over again with the wonder of who He is.
“Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, LORD, is the kingdom; You are exalted as head over all.” (I Chronicles 29:11, NIV)
- Remember our strength comes from God’s grace. (Hebrews 13:9, NLT)
Anything we’ll ever do—if it has eternal measure—will be accomplished by His power alone as it trickles through our meager hands.
Just outside our doors are people who need to meet Heaven in us. People who need a smile and need to know they matter. May we not be so inward-focused we miss them.
With the pace of this modern world, isn’t it so easy to look up and find ourselves at the center? Again. Oh, that we’d decrease so He might increase.
- Surround yourself with people who give you permission to be unimpressive.
Value friends who’ll tell you when you’re slipping into “impress” mode. And be that person for others. “Two people are better than one, for they can help each other succeed.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9, NLT)
Happy New Year, friends. ♥
May God generously grace 2018 with holy opportunities to be unimpressive, and may He give us eyes to see them.
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