One Goal: More of Him
Devotional by Kaylin Olson

The hats were on our heads, the noise makers were in our hands, the sparkling grape juice was poured, and we were ready to bring on the New Year– new goals, new friends, and new opportunities. “3…2…1..Happy New Year! May this year be better than the last!”

2009 started like every other year–looking forward to what was ahead and reflecting on what was behind. I was dreaming of the possibilities that could come out of the next 365 days– graduation and college being at the top of my list. However, 2009 would also bring temptations, disappointment, heartache, and sorrow – leaving next New Year’s Eve wishing for the same thing– “may this year be better than the last.”

Year after year we all have aspirations of what the new year will bring. Maybe you will find the perfect boyfriend/girlfriend, or maybe you’ll finally get engaged/married. How about getting straight A’s and being on the honor roll, being team captain and winning a championship title, or how about finally landing that dream job? Many teens are resolving to get healthier, be happier, and just be a better person this year.

The bottom line is we all have goals.
However, when our goals don’t turn out exactly the way we want them to, we are too often left wishing for another year and another chance.

It is wonderful to have goals and dreams, but if we are constantly looking to our earthly goals to satisfy the desires of our hearts, we will never find true contentment. If we are constantly trying to do it on our own, we will never succeed. We must set our eyes on the One thing that will never change and will always satisfy. The One that offers true happiness and complete fulfillment– Jesus.

The Bible tells us, “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” Isaiah 40:8.

“Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:25-26.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” – Romans 15:13

Reflection Questions:

How can you use your goals to glorify your Heavenly Father?

How will you stay focused on Jesus if your goals don’t turn out the way you wanted them to?

In what ways will Jesus be the center of all your resolutions this year?

It is important to stay centered on Jesus as we start this new year, and as we allow our goals to be completed through Him not apart from Him. The events that will happen in each of our lives might be a surprise to us, but nothing will ever catch Jesus off guard. He already knows what this year will bring; so to avoid wishing for a better 2017, lets allow our Lord and Savior to shine through every goal, every triumph, and every challenge that we face in 2016.

Happy New Year, everyone!

In Christ,
Kaylin Olson