Start with LOVE.
"Let love and kindness be the motivation behind all that you do."
1 Cor 16:14 (TPT)
If I were to write you a letter about new beginnings, I’d start with this one thing:
It might feel cliché and soppy and like it belongs on a fluffy cat picture that hangs on the back of the toilet door.
But, if we are going to talk about setting new goals, starting new things, experiencing new life, I’ll start with love every time.
Love is a fierce, essential, powerful, place to begin. It’s at our very foundation and is the end game of it all. Love is our why, and our how, and our what, and our where.
It’s not one bit fluffy.
It also might feel cliché to set goals and talk about newness at the beginning of the new year. I’ve been one to say that you don’t need a new year to set new goals or start projects. I’ve been frustrated with the culture of making unrealistic resolutions that are impossible to sustain. And still am. But the ritual of a new year gives us a tangible framework to get the work done. I no longer discount it. Instead, I jump in the slipstream of it.
If you’re making grand plans, setting new goals, or just determining to start new, then dear reader, start with love.