I love a good time to reflect and reset in life. A time to evaluate where I am and where I want to be. A time to decide what is really most important and set some good goals to get me there.
What I don't love is when in our pursuit of that we become harsh on ourselves and speak words to our own hearts that hurt and sting. Sure the idea of "new year, new me" comes with some excitement and even hope of what we want to see in our lives. We just have to be sure that in the pursuit of a "new me" that we don't actually loose ourselves or degrade who we have been all along.
Too often our desire for a fresh start comes from a place of too much negativity about ourselves. Yes we have to be honest about where we are in order to move forward, but we must also always love ourselves and strive to be the best we can be. What we don't want is to degrade and despise ourselves and strive to be a totally different person.
In Mark 12 Jesus is teaching about the greatest commandment. He tells us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. I read a book years ago and the author was talking about their journey in loving others and how they realized that if they can't first love themselves they'll never be able to love others.
As we look forward to the New Year and consider the things we want to change and improve and strive for, let's first and foremost strive to love ourselves. And in that may we be the best version of ourselves possible!