My Personal Vision for the New Year

You can call it a ‘resolution’ or you can call it a ‘goal’ or a ‘vision,’ but after reflecting for the last week I have come to a comfortable place with solidifying mine. It is based off of Luke 6:46, in which Jesus is speaking to his disciples and a large number of people from all over who came to hear him and be healed from their diseases:

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”

I know at first glance this might seem like a strange verse to cement my vision for this year, but to me it’s a simply stated reminder to faithfully, truthfully and transparently continue to move forward in what the Lord leads me in. I want to, as humble as I can, follow the Lord’s commands at as simple of a level as possible. The following is a list of things I want to make a priority because they are areas that I easily doubt myself on:

I want to respect and treat people with dignity – including those who do not treat me as such. I want to responsibly lead my family, my organization and this bridge building movement that the Lord has presented. I want to love those who don’t love me. I want my yes to be yes and no to be no. I want to have faith like a mustard seed in all the areas that seem so impossible - from having children to raising finances to changing cultural engagement. (and I’m talking about a real mustard seed…you seen those things? They’re tiny!)

And most of all I want to be an honest, truthful servant in all areas of my life, from those areas in public to those areas in private.

Do any of you have a vision/resolution/goal for the new year? What is it – and it’s ok to say lose weight because besides my spiritualization of this post, I to would like to drop a few pounds :)

Much love.

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About Andrew Marin

Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation (www.themarinfoundation.org). He is author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation (2009), its interactive DVD curriculum (2011), and recently an academic ebook titled Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (2013). Andrew is a regular contributor to a variety of media outlets and frequently lectures at universities around the world. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation. For twelve years he lived in the LGBT Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, and is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is teaching and researching at the University of St. Andrews earning his PhD in Constructive Theology with a focus on the Theology of Culture. Andrew's research centers on the cultural, political, and religious dynamics of reconciliation. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).

  • http://six11.wordpress.com Shawn

    AMEN, Andrew. I “repeat” your same challenges for myself (including the shedding of poundage)

    … the only thing I would add, for myself, is that I allow the Father to teach me His Grace and the sound of His Heartbeat.

  • Ron Graves

    I will gladly join you here brother :) day after day, step at a time

  • Heidi

    My goal – give up fear and insecurity to the Lord and move boldly forward wherever he calls me! No past pain, no disappointment, no fear, will keep me from what he wants to do in and through me!

  • http://drawntoredemption.wordpress.com Jessica

    Man oh man, this hit me like a ton of bricks:

    “I want to have faith like a mustard seed in all the areas that seem so impossible.”

    It is ridiculously relevant to where I am in life right now… and I am working on trusting in God and handing my future over to Him… I know He will always surround me and provide… it’s just hard to remember sometimes.

  • Sam

    That’s the verse I’m trying to apply in my life. It’s a wild ride. Do what Jesus says, not what someone else, including the religious folks we know, are trying to get us to do. Get to know Jesus personally (not just a bunch of stuff about Jesus) and do what He says . Follow Him. Love our neighbors (especially the Samaritans – those most despised by the religious people), care for the widows, the orphans and the poor, show the love of Jesus in tangible ways to everyone we come in contact with, spend lots of time with those the religious establishment avoids and ignores, and all the other stuff Jesus models and tells us to do in the Gospels.

  • http://melindaguerra.myadventures.org Melinda

    Hey Andrew

    Thanks for sharing that… I think it’s really good. I like the way you said you want to follow God’s commandments at as simple a level as possible. So often we make things so complicated, but they really aren’t… he says love, so we love. He says walk, so we walk. He says serve, so we serve. Getting back to the root is so important.

    My resolution… I’m following my favorite blogging trend right now, encouraging people to choose one word for the year. My word is hope. I want to desire hope, to see hope in situations… to find it and blow the dust off and share it with people, and to cling to it… stubbornly when I must.


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