Jan 1, 2012

New Year's Resolution: Less Striving, More Believing

I have done a lot of striving in my life, trying to prove myself. In the structural consulting I'm doing, I see tremendous striving amongst the 20 & 30 somethings I'm encountering. Perfectionism, fear of failure, not good enough are deeply embedded images I find driving behavior from an unhealthy place, one of fear, not grace.

I was doing my morning Scripture reading in Galatians on this first day of the New Year. This passage speaks to all the striving I'm seeing in my young Christian friends. Galatians 3: 2-3, 5 says:

I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort? Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law, or because you believe what you heard?

We place our identities in so many things other than Christ: our career, our accomplishments, the approval of others, our retirement accounts. Whenever we place our identity and our trust in anything other than Jesus, we choose a path of limited spiritual growth and unlimited striving. See my post: Does your identity limit Spiritual Growth. Then, join me in my New Years Resolution.