Many new year's resolutions focus on outward appearances, and I get it. Scott and I found unwanted poundage in 2020, making it hard not to. We tend to look at people, even ourselves, with an outward perspective. But the scriptures tell us that God looks at a different measure to examine a man, the heart.
I am not necessarily a proponent for or against New Year Resolutions, but I support taking time to focus on what God wants to do IN us all year long. What if in this new year, we asked the question David did in Psalm 139 (TPT) when he said, "God, I invite your searching gaze into my heart. Examine me through and through; find out everything that may be hidden within me. Put me to the test and sift through all my anxious cares. See if there is any path of pain I'm walking on, and lead me back to your glorious, everlasting ways."
My favorite part of this verse is, "See if there is any path of pain I'm walking on." In many instances, our past pain can be the culprit for our reactions to life. We can become experts on stuffing our pain so far down, but life has a way of exposing it through our responses and reactions. These responses, if not dealt with, only cause more pain to ourselves and others.
God, in His lovingkindness, wants to bring wholeness and healing to every aspect of our lives. Even areas that ultimately address our outward appearance. We must shift our perspective inwardly to have external and eternal victory. Be bold and ask the question that leads to the transformed life you were created to live.