Living Like the New Erin in 2017

By January 30, 2017 culture, faith One Comment

Here we are, 30 days into the New Year. Does it still hold some shine and shimmer for you? It does for me—the past 30 days have gone in a blink. So fast, in fact, I’m just now posting about my 2017 theme and goals. Statistics suggest that 42% of our New Year’s resolutions have already been broken. But no matter—I’ve always preferred to focus on progress rather than perfection. Transformation can happen overnight, to be sure. Mostly it happens in almost imperceptible forward motion. This is a marathon, not a sprint. (For more on why goals do not stress me out, give this episode of Persuasion a listen—Hannah Anderson and I discuss calling and formation.)

For 2017’s transformation marathon, my eyes will be fixed on a few verses from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians:

“You have heard about [Jesus] and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” (vv. 21–24, ESV)

According to these verses, there are two Erins: the old and the new. The old Erin belongs to my former manner of life—the me I was before I knew Jesus. Old Erin is corrupt through deceitful desires (poor thing). Jesus redeemed this Old Erin, giving her spiritual life. Old Erin was transformed into New Erin in a split second transformation. But New Erin has some growing to do. She needs her mind renewed. She needs to step out of her old self and step into her new self—the one “created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” New Erin is on the slow train for transformation, because there are just so many habits that need to be undone and newly formed, and that takes a lifetime of practice.

Living life as the New Erin is my aim in 2017. New Erin puts off the old self, making way for new patterns and practices and choices, ones that line up with the person I’ve been redeemed to be. New Erin renews her mind so that what is true and lovely and right and just shape every thought and attitude. New Erin puts on the new self, becoming clothed in the righteousness and holiness of Christ.

New Erin is the true me, even if I am not as familiar with her yet as I’d like to be. My mantra then for 2017 is to “be the true you.” No need to revert to Old Erin when New Erin is here.

Along with this theme are my goals for the year. Most of these are targets, things I’m aiming for and ways I’d love my days to take shape, most of which will encourage the New Erin to show herself. (You’ll see lots of similarities to 2016’s targets.) For the next 335 days, I’ll be coaxing the New Erin into the light of day, with these targets as the framework.

SOUL

meditate on / memorize Romans 12
daily feast & worship
weekly Bible study on Romans
monthly mini-retreat
annual beach retreat

HEART

sample a new coffee each month
no social media in the family room
read 30 minutes / day
create a 2016 photobook

MIND

read 40 books
create a monthly goal list
see 1 new movie a month w/Mike

BODY

run 4x / week
complete a monthly health challenge
sort through closet
clothes for the 2017 me

OTHERS

weekly date w/Mike
weekly check-in w/kindreds
monthly coffee w/mom & sis

WORK & WRITING

blog 1x / week
pitch 4 articles related to Comfort Detox
wrap work by 1 p.m. on Fridays

HOME

track monthly spending
review home projects journal w/Mike
declutter every space

COMMUNITY

volunteer commitment
serving at church
stay alert & sow kingdom seeds

  • Angel Ambrose

    Great goals. So you!! Finishing up My January Rest, and it has caused me to want to clear out and declutter. I haven’t broken my goals and only have this day and next, before the next leg of 2017.

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