It's another year. A time to set resolutions and look forward to a different life, a better life than what we had before.
"But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus" (Phil 3:13-14)
Life is a race. Remember that, and sometimes in a race, we have to do what our bodies don't want to do. The only thing that drives us forward is the prize to which we are seeking.
Run the race of life with faith. What is meant by that? In practical terms in means that we don't speak unbelief to ourselves. I must admit that sometimes I say to myself "I hate myself", "I'm such a useless person."
Those are not words coming from a life of faith.
A life of faith believes, truly believes that Christ is our righteousness. We can believe with our minds, intellectually that Christ is our righteousness. But it's our hearts that have a hard time believing it. Our hearts should truly believe that Christ is our righteousness. That Christ has taken away all our uselessness, all our unworthiness. We should walk with our heads high in confidence that in God's eyes we are worthy, not because of what we have done but because of what Christ has done.
It doesn't matter what our parents say, what our bosses say, or peers say, it doesn't matter what we even think about ourselves. It's God who says, "Hey, I love you and I've got a purpose for you while you're here on this earth."
Let the old ways of thinking that says, "I can't do it" be replaced with "I can do it through Christ who strengthens me."