Soon, we will scroll through our social media newsfeeds and see a common theme from many people in our circles that will happen in the opening weeks of the new calendar year.
The question that should be on everyone’s mind is, “Should I be a brand-new person? Or should I strive to be better?”
The short answer is to strive to be better. Here’s why.
When we want to take on the “new me” mentality, it defeats the purpose of what God has created us to be. It is from God that he made us through his love, image, and likeness. The “better me” strays us from following him.
There is nothing wrong with striving to be better. We do have to take a hard look at areas that need improvement.
Think of it this way, a student may be stuck getting a grade average of a C. While C grades help students to pass, teachers know deep down that any of their C average students can do better. For students, they need to reach out for help from both peers and classmates to find ways to bump their grades to either a B or A.
Likewise, we must look at areas where we can do better, assess them, and reach out to someone who can help us. Perhaps we struggle to manage our budget. It can also be to cook a better meal. It may also be to harness a new skill.
Whatever the case, striving to be better helps us to become the best version that God intended us to be. Take time to find areas, particularly in the faith aspect, and find ways to improve in prayer, putting it into action, or being a better witness to the faith.
Being better shows that we are works in progress.