Let's be real.

No more pretending.

No more hiding behind a smile.

No more pretending we have it together.

2011- Year of Beginnings

2011. We have a chance to start over: new beginnings, 2nd chances. We need to take this chance to reflect on our lives and see where we've gone wrong in the past.

A lot of times we pretend we're happy. We don't want people to know we're hurt or hurting. We want them to believe the lie that everything is okay, that everything is perfect this side of heaven. Truth is, things will never be perfect this side of heaven.

When people ask how you are, instead of replying "fine" we should give them ways they can pray for us when we're struggling. We all go through those "ruts" in life where nothing seems to work out and everything seems to be coming to pieces.

Let go of the stress and let God work miracles.

Let's start this year off right. Even if you don't like making New Year's Resolutions (which I don't because I usually end up forgetting them by the end of the week) let's make this year about being real with ourselves, others, and ultimately, God.

Do hard things.

"But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession..." (1 Timothy 6:11-12)

So, I challenge you to think of someone you trust. It can be a friend or a mentor. Make sure they are godly Christians. Ask them to pray with you as you begin this lifelong journey. Ask them to keep you accountable. Find a group of friends that you know will be willing to walk this life-changing road with you. Meet with them regularly and talk about what you've done to change (for the better).

As you think of things you want to change this year and for the rest of your life, write them down! I used to write down my goals for life all the time. They inspired me. It's another reminder that you can't just sit around and wait for something to happen. I know some people aren't big on writing, but even writing a few things will create an impact.

Here's an example of a list:

1) Start waking up earlier. Begin with just five minutes earlier. Pray, read the Bible, listen to Him, etc.

2) Start journaling. Write down at least a sentence about what I've done to grow closer to Him and get rid of the bad habits in my life.

You don't have to make a big list. As a matter of fact, I encourage you not to make a big list. Write down just one or two things. I used to write down about ten things at a time and I would get overwhelmed with the amount of change that had to occur in my life. I'm a goal setter and I'm never at ease or satisfied with how I'm living. This is a stronghold in my own life because I have a lot of doubts. So, for those of you that are like me, please don't make the same mistake I did. Don't overwhelm yourself. Start with small changes and build up. You'll get far more accomplished. God will see even the small changes you are making in your life and He will reward you.

You can't do this on your own. Your flesh doesn't want you to change. It wants you to stay the same. Lean on God. Allow Him to work in your life. Allow others to help you. Humble yourself to receive help.

Dear Jesus,
I want to change my life. I'm tired of living a mediocre life. I don't want to keep sitting around, waiting for change to happen. Help me to lean on You for guidance as You lead me to places I would have otherwise never gone. I want to impact the world for You and through You. I know I can because I have You living inside of me! I have power that the world can't comprehend. I have power that no man or demon can ever defeat. I have You. I know I can change. Help me to fight this daily battle. I can't do it without You.

In Jesus' Almighty and Life-changing Name,

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