10 Things to Leave Behind in 2016

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At the End of Every Year, it’s always fun to reflect upon the past year and reminisce about all of our happy and maybe not so happy memories.  A new year is also a good time to review goals and get rid of any clutter getting in the way of reaching our goals.

I asked my family what is something that you would like to leave behind this year? Here were our responses.

Top 10 Things to Leave Behind in 2016:
1. Negativity- Nobody likes a Negative Nelly. Negativity is a sure way to a bad attitude which never leads to anywhere good. In 2017 I want to trade negative attitudes in for positive ones. “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (Ephesians 4:29).

2. Fear- Being scared of the unknown is a sure way to get into a viscous cycle of worry and anxiety. Who wants that? Not me. The best thing to trade fear in for is more faith. “Trust in the Lord with All your Heart, Lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5

3. Poor use of Time- I want to trade in poor planning in for being more intentional and purposeful with my time. The best person to give our time to is God. He will turn the time he has given us into so much more. Time spent with God is time well spent. “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).

4. Busyness- Filling my time with busyness is a guarantee for burnout and being tired. This year I want to let my ‘yes’ be ‘yes and my ‘no’ be ‘no’ (James 5:12) so I don’t overcommit or overextend myself.

5. Regret- Allowing fear to dictate actions is a good way to get into a pile of regret. Living a life of love the way God intended us to live, helps to leave regret behind and look forward to the life that God has designed for us.

6. Accumulating Stuff- This year is a year to live with less. When I have less, I have more room for what God has intended for me. “He must become greater; I must become less.” (John 3:30)

7. Silly Arguments- Maybe you are a better person than me, but I would like to trade in silly arguments for positive, encouraging remarks. Who really cares if the toilet seat wasn’t put down? Instead of being quick to start a silly argument I want to be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry (James 1:19).

8. Sweating the small stuff- Worrying about every little things leads only to more worry. Worry never changes the situation or the outcome, it only brings more grief and worry. In 2017 I would like to trade in worry for more trust in God. He’s Got it! “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34).

9. Disorganization- When I consistently can’t find my keys, clutter starts to pile up and life starts to spiral out of control; maybe it’s time to trade in the clutter and chaos for more order. I need to take the time to get rid of clutter and organize my spaces. “For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.” 1 Corinthians 14:33

10. Disconnected- I have gotten into a bad habit, of spending time on social media when I should be present with whoever I am with. Just because there is downtime doesn’t mean I have to pick up my phone. This year I want to be present with whoever I am with, not trading face to face interaction in for screen time.

Have you made a list of things of Fun Happy Memories from 2016? What would you would like to leave behind in 2016? It is a good activity to do with your family to start with a clean slate for the New Year!

Start your New Year off to the Right Start. Out with the old, in with the new!  Identify the clutter and the things getting in the way of reaching your goals.

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:16

Have a Happy New Year and a blessed week!

A revised version of this post was first published on www.heathergillis.com

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About Heather Gillis

Heather received her master’s degree in Nurse Anesthesia at Villanova University. She works full time as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at a surgery center in Alaska. She is author of “Waiting for Heaven: Finding Beauty in the Pain and the Struggle,” and a contributor for “Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Less.” She also writes weekly Christian devotionals on her blog www.heathergillis.com. Heather and her husband Mac, reside in Alaska with their two living children. When she is not working, writing, or taking care of the house, you can find Heather running the trails, reading, taking the kids to gymnastics and choir, crafting with her daughter, building legos with their son, camping with her family, spending time with friends or volunteering wherever God takes her! To read her blog, learn more about Heather and her ministry visit www.heathergillis.com.

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