3 Things to Leave Behind in 2022

A new year brings the hope of new beginnings, fresh starts and… adding to your to-do list. A new year can mean new goals, hobbies, meal plans and budgets. Before you start your 2023 list of to-dos, think about the things you can leave behind instead. Here’s a list to help your new year get off to a fresh start (with a little less).


1 – Trying to do it all

You can’t – and it’s nothing against you. No one can do it all. Influencers, celebrities, the Pioneer Woman and your pastor…they are not ‘doing it all’ nor can they. Our insufficiencies make us human, level the playing ground and (best part) bring glory to God. When you admit that you cannot do it all, and rely on Christ’s strength, His power is made perfect (2 Corinthians 12:9).

2 – Believing lies

The devil is really good at telling lies. He roams the earth seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). The reason he’s good at telling lies (and why we are great at believing them) is because his lies sound pretty similar to the truth. They may even have a partial truth tucked in there (sneaky, right?). His lies might make you feel good – they may bring up a good point or seem not-so-bad. For example, “Did God really say…?”(Genesis 3:1) or “If you’re not hurting anyone, it can’t really be bad.” But the truth is, if Scripture says it, you can believe it – and you can believe it is the best thing for you (Romans 8:28).

3 – Bitterness

Ouch. This one is going to hurt. But if you can let go of trying to do it all on your own strength and learn to tell lies from the truth, you can (and you’ve really got to) let go of bitterness. See Ephesians 4:31-32. Here’s where it can hurt: most of us don’t consider ourselves bitter, but we do consider ourselves right. You know, you don’t deserve how that person treated you. You deserve respect and what they did was wrong. When they come (crawling) back to you, you’ll forgive them. After all, that what Jesus would do, right? Wrong. Philippians 2:5-8 says Jesus humbled Himself. He didn’t hold our sin over our heads and wait for us to beg for Him to come down to forgive us. If anyone has the absolute right to be bitter, Christ does. But instead, He made that first step and reached out to us.

You may be thinking, ‘Cool. But how do I practically do this?” Thanks for asking. Let’s start with three things to help kick 2022’s junk to the curb.

  1. Scripture is the best tool you can use. You knew we’d say this, didn’t you? It’s the absolute best way to beat the lies, though. When Jesus was being tempted in the wilderness, He had all the power to send Satan straight back where he came from, but instead, He answered the devil’s lies with the truth of Scripture (and that got Satan out of there). Read Matthew 4:1-11. The only way you can answer with Scripture, is if you know it. So begin, or continue, spending time in God’s Word.
  2. Say it out loud. What are you struggling with? Put words to the struggle and share it with someone who loves Jesus and will lovingly speak the truth back to you (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10). If you don’t allow anyone to get close to you, it’ll be easier to aim for a false sense of perfection, believe lies and become bitter.
  3. Worship. Worship Jesus wherever you are – tell Him what you know about Him and how you love Him. Worship Him with other believers at church, too. The encouragement you will find worshiping with other believers will spur you on – and it’ll help with that accountability, too (Hebrews 10:24-25).


Happy New Year – let’s live in the light of His truth in 2023!

  • Scripture referenced
  • 2 Corinthians 12:9

    But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

  • 1 Peter 5:8

     Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

  • Genesis 3:1

    Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.

    He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”

  • Romans 8:28

    And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

  • Ephesians 4:31-32

    Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.  Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

  • Philippians 2:5-8

     Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

  • Matthew 4:1-11

    Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.”  But he answered, “It is written,

    “‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
        but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

    Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple  and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written,

    “‘He will command his angels concerning you,’


    “‘On their hands they will bear you up,
        lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”

     Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’”  Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.  And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.”  Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written,

    “‘You shall worship the Lord your God
        and him only shall you serve.’”

    Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.

  • Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

    Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!

  • Hebrews 10:24-25

    And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.


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