It's because of this repetitive pattern each new year that I've decided to end my perfect "crash and burn" record. I didn't make a list of things I wanted to change, try, lose, or do-over. This time my approach was much different. There were no specific goals set but there was a simple commitment made to three words:
Remember Your Destiny.
One of the definitions that dictionary.com gives for the word destiny says this: something that is to happen to a particular person or thing. For followers of Christ, I believe the Bible is very clear about what our "destiny" is... what specifically that "something that is to happen" is. A specific verse that I've chosen to focus on for this phrase is Romans 8:29. It says-
As one who has been given a new heart and life by God, I can now clearly see what my destiny is. It's sandwiched right in the very center of that verse above:
To be conformed to the image of his Son.
Even though I am bombarded by inner and outer voices of all sorts from the time I wake up each morning, pressuring me to remember so many things, this small phrase will be the voice of Truth I will strain to hear: Remember your destiny.
- When condemning voices attack my physical image in the mirror, I can remember that my goal is "to be conformed to the image of his Son." We females know that there is a never-ending battle that we fight daily to what/whom the world says we should be conformed. We are bombarded by the media's steady messages of who our culture thinks we should look like. Since people's approval is a struggle of mine, I have to be on guard against these cultural lies and remember my destiny moment by moment.
- When the enemy tempts me to focus on my failures in parenting, I can remember that I am being "conformed to the image of his Son," and not to the erroneous image of Super Mom. Instead of being unintentionally caught in the deadly spring of motherhood-comparison traps, I can steady my gaze on God, my Father, who is the only perfect parent. Instead of being defeated by the arguing, bickering, back-talking, and often times smelliness of these little people I've been entrusted with, I can run to the good news of the cross and take them with me, knowing that they need it just as much as I do. As an imperfect mother, I can remember my destiny of being conformed to Perfection himself with much hope.
- When struggles of various kinds arise in my relationships, I can trust that each challenge is all part of the eternal relationship my Heavenly Father is working out with me... changing me, refining me, sanctifying me, conforming me to the image of his Son, Jesus. In the midst of difficulties in marriage, parenting, or friendships, instead of drawing strength from those relationships, I can remember my destiny and find strength, love, joy, approval, and security in HIM.
Daily remembering with you-