Faith Builders

How today can I be more like Him?

Updated June 24, 2023

Every year, (I mean every year), I say,

‘This year I will not make New Year’s Resolutions.”

(Which end up being false promises and short-sited commitments to issues greater than this plan I am concocting can fix.)

And yet, I can’t resist, I tell friends and family and radio audiences and social media networks about dreams I have to read more, eat less, rest regularly, learn new skills… I can’t help it, the idea of being re-made into a better version of myself calls me there every time.

There’s a reason for that. 

“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory.

2 Corinthians 3:18

Colossians and Romans both talk about our renewing of our mind and of our image. It’s how he made us, to be in a continual state of growing closer to how He created us. My New Year’s compulsions aren’t bad, just a little misguided if that self-evaluation only comes around once a year.

Shouldn’t there be a little bit of that longing (to be more than I am right now) in me each day?  What would it look like if each day I started with a gut check, how today can I be more like Him?

One of my rather unrealistic New Year’s resolutions is to learn more Hebrew.

Who wants to guess how long that’s going to last? If I focus on the desired outcome (understanding God’s word and how it’s written in context) instead of the expressed goal (learn 3-5 phrases a week), I exponentially increase my chances of success. If I feel several weeks in a row that I couldn’t master a vocabulary list, then I am more likely to give up, missing an opportunity for growth.

This New Year’s season, I am going to start a practice I hope to continue throughout the year (does that smell like a resolution?) I am going to focus more on who I am being, than what I am doing. I am going to challenge myself to be present, instead of overcommitting. I am going to wake up and ask how I am listening (instead of what I am saying.) I am going to pray for wisdom (instead of accumulating knowledge.)  And so the list goes on. It’s a tall order, but one I hope is a part of a masterplan my Master has planned to make me more like who He believes I can be.

About Author

Beth Guckenberger is the Co-Executive Director of Back2Back Ministries and founder of the Reckless Faith Movement. Beth and Todd have a large family they’ve formed through biological, foster, and adoptive children. She is an author and speaker, sharing her experience as a mother, a missionary, and a student of God’s Word.