So as most of us do, I was reflecting upon what New Year’s resolutions I should make.
I went through the usual personal health and fitness goals and then listed my goals associated with my upcoming book launch later this year, creating another online course, and then having a Live Event (or two) later this year.
But then it struck me.
My whole reason for doing anything in my Say Yes ministry is in order to help others grow closer to God so they can embrace the life God created them for—a life of purpose, peace and abundance.
So I began to pray about it.
And a resolution emerged pretty quickly.
Give people something to help them grow closer to God and be able to embrace a life of purpose, peace and abundance every single day for the entire 2020 year. Yep, for 365 days straight.
Yet I hesitated.
I wasn’t sure why because I LOVE challenges. In fact, one of my Core Motivations is Meet the Challenge so was a bit baffled by my hesitation.
And then I realized what was going on.
I was afraid.
More directly, I was afraid of failing. And not just failing, but failing publicly.
I was afraid of making a public resolution that I might not be able to carry out because I didn’t want to publicly take a chance that I would fail and be embarrassed.
And then I would have to publicly own up to the fact that I had broken a commitment, and then where would my credibility be? Especially as someone who is wanting to serve others by empowering, teaching, and accompany them?
In my mind, I liken it to the equivalent of my committing to being your Sherpa to get you safely up Mount Everest and then I bail halfway up—leaving you stranded without food or knowing the path ahead.
And I didn’t want to do that.
So I came up with all these reasons to not make this resolution, and was going to not post anything about this.
Until last night…
Last night, I unexpectedly had a chance to spend time in Adoration before our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.
(I say unexpectedly because Adoration was not scheduled for last night, but our pastor wanted to give people another opportunity to come to the sacrament of Reconciliation and to bring in the New Year properly with time with Jesus, so to do that, he exposed Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament while he was in the confessional after Mass—kudos to him!)
Anyway, it ended up being an unexpected 2 hours with our Lord for me, and it was then that our Lord made it clear what my issue was.
I was hesitant to make a resolution because I was thinking about MY capacity for the resolution, and I had forgotten (again!), that my ministry is NOT about me, it’s about our Lord using me to help YOU.
So if it’s His will, He’s going to give me whatever it is I need to fulfill the resolution.
And that resolution is this:
To share something of value for YOU to grow closer to God and embrace the life He created you for—a life of purpose, peace and abundance—for the next 365 days straight.
I will do this by sharing content on my various platforms—my blog, my email list, my podcast, my Say Yes Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter and to do just that—for 365 days.
I might fail.
But I am going to trust the One who placed this desire to serve YOU on my heart, and am going to step out in faith, and SAY YES in my own life, in the hope that my yes might give you the courage to do the same in your own life.
To SAY YES to being transformed in whatever way the One who loves us beyond measure desires for you this year.
So SAY YES to a really big and scary resolution(s!) this year.
If it be of God, nothing is impossible.
So here we go…
Christina Semmens is a Roman Catholic author, blogger, speaker and mentor. She currently lives in Fort Payne, Alabama where she strives to live out a life of authentic discipleship in the pursuit of holiness while empowering, teaching and accompanying others in striving to do the same.
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