At the beginning of every New Year, billions of people declare that this is the year for a "New Me"(including myself). Whether it be losing weight, restructuring priorities, or just trying to live a more healthy lifestyle, we feel a sense of renewal with these choices brining a brief moment of excitement to our lives. But if you are like me that sense of renewal and excitement can quickly turn into dread and procrastination when I realize how hard it is to really produce change. My time is affected, my schedule has to change and I have to develop new rhythms in my life to create a "New Me", and that is hard, and usually by the time February comes around I start to think, the "Old Me" really isn't that bad.
We live in a society that, at times, can seem obsessed with the big events. That is why it is so enticing to do something big or maybe even drastic to make a "New Me". I love the way Dr. Paul Tripp puts life into perspective: "Most of us won’t be written up in history books. Most of us only make three or four momentous decisions in our lives, and several decades after we die, the people we leave behind will struggle to remember the events of our lives. You and I live in little moments, and if God doesn’t rule our little moments and doesn’t work to re-create us in the middle of them, then there's no hope for us, because that’s where you and I live." It is in these little moments of life, that can bring big moments of change in your life and the lives of those around you.
God has called you to be you. I know that sounds like a simple statement, but read it again, God has called you to be you. He is calling you to a vertical relationship with Him through His Son's death, burial, and resurrection, yet He is also calling you to a horizontal relationship with the world around you. And He has designed you perfectly to show His glory to the people in your everyday life. The Psalmist puts it this way: "For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well." - Psalms 139:13-14. So as we live in the 10, 000 little moments we have in 2017, know that healthy change is ok, but the best "New Me" there is in the "Old Me" that has been changed by the Grace that God has given us to be the "Best Me" He has made.