January 16 – Best Year Yet – Personal Evaluation

Read Psalm 139:23-24

In the Magician’s Nephew, C.S Lewis writes, “What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are.” I love this quote and I love C.S Lewis’ writings because everything he said was with such deliberate thought that causes me to self-reflect and attempt growth in some area of my life.

For so many years I have wanted to be a mental health counselor. I’ve wanted to help people understand themselves, their thoughts, feelings and the roots behind their behavior that causes them to be the people they are so that they can invoke change and growth within themselves and their relationships. I am a hardcore champion for self-reflection and personal growth.

I think it was the 12 years of therapy that taught me how to see things and change them. However, as every new year begins, there seems to be a laundry list of personal growth goals that form. From growing as a wife and a mother to health and even finances. There seem to be this daunting list staring me in the face that I sometimes forget who I am and whose I am.

When I read Psalm 139:23-24, I am reminded that I was fashioned and formed for very specific reasons. I pull and rip apart each word, each sentence that David writes to the Lord, and I pray the same prayer, “Lord search me. Grow me. Challenge me. Change me.”

If you have ever been to the Global Leadership Summit or any other leadership conference, the next step to all of the speaker’s time with us is to reflect on what they have said, find what works for you, and grow within. But how do we do that?

The first step is realizing that personal growth starts spiritually. Maybe you need to grow out of an addiction, maybe you need to get out of debt, maybe your family needs to communicate more openly, maybe, just maybe you need to find a reason to wake up. Each goal that you set out for yourself, each time you grow or don’t grow is a direct correlation, in my opinion, to your personal relationship with Christ and His truth.

You can’t run away from personal growth; it is always behind you, ready to be taken in full force. You just have to choose to step into the identity that YOU are a child of God and CAN become the person you were meant to be. On the day we stand before the Lord, we will not be compared to any other. We will be compared to the person God intended for us to be.

How will you grow more into that intention this year?

Kelly Lawson

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