I made a lot of accomplishments in the year of 2016. I didn’t really have a set goal, but I took in the good and the bad. But my greatest success in 2016 was that I got baptized and decided my life to Christ. It was the most exciting thing I ever experienced. I felt truly “born-again”. And another one of my goals was to clear out my personal school loan debt that I owed, I didn’t finish paying it all off…. It’s a lot lower than it was.
But starting this year, I kept thinking about what I want to accomplish this year? What will make God proud? So here are some of my goals to kick off the New Year.
- Grow and be confident in my faith
One of the things I noticed I struggled with in 2016. My beliefs were contradicting because I kept trying to please others who lived in the world. I was very insecure about myself because I felt like I lost a lot of friends in 2016 because of my faith. Then the friends that I’ve made, weren’t really good influences. So this year I hope to show everybody I’m proud of God and that I know him. And if you want to hang out with me, that is what YOU have to accept.
- SAVE SOME MONEYYYYY$$$
So I did terrible saving money last year and I recently opened a 401k with my job to help me save. I really wanted to save for my future because I don’t know what God has in store for me and also for me to eventually move out of my parents’ house. I had a lot of bad spending habits last year and most of it came from me continuously trying to pay off my debts and also having my “TREAT YOUR SELF” mentality. I’m hoping to work on this in 2017.
- FIGURE OUT MY CAREER CHOICES?
I’ve been flip-flopping lately about what I want to do in the future. As I’ve gotten older my mind about what I want to do in life has changed. I’m not really sure why I feel like I need to find a career because where I’m at is pretty good. But I don’t like the long hours, but the money is good ( I cringe every time I say that). But when I went to college in 2011 I wanted to be a Social Worker then the idea of getting into $40,000 in debt kind of changed my mind about universities. After witnessing people not being about to afford housing in the future and still be stuck at home (like I am now) after graduation. That kind of killed off that buzz. So now I’m looking into the medical field. But I’m staying in constant prayers because I never know what God wants me to do.
- IT’S OKAY TO MAKE MISTAKES!
This is my ultimately last goal of 2017. Now I don’t know about any of you all but I know I tend to worry. Before I met Christ, I didn’t have a care in the world. Nothing to me mattered. But sense I’ve been born-again, I’m afraid of making my old mistakes. In 2016, I was very hard on myself, insecure about whom I was in Christ, stressed out, worrying about every little detail. I’M STOPPING IT NOW IN 2017. I spent all those months worrying and now I need to learn to make choices and realize who my God is. He is God that has a plan, so whatever I do… if it’s not in his will…….. IT WON’T HAPPEN. I’m going to stay in constant prayer over 2017, to help ease my anxiety and worrying when it comes to life.
I encourage everybody to write down their goals and then pray about it! Go into your prayer closet and ask God for things your heart desires. He is constantly moving and constantly in control so surrender your life to the Lord and watch him work miracles. In 2016 I had some rough times and also some amazing moments but without God in my life… I wouldn’t really be where I am now. God is still in the blessing business.