I just love a new year
All the hope, expectation, yearning, desire, optimism – it’s infectious!
We are just the same: looking forward to a year with great expectation, planning, and goals
This year is no different!
Yet as I read through goals of the last 2 years I am in awe of how empty they were and how much more rich and full God has made us since then
We do not merely desire completing degrees or weight loss goals (though both of those are admirable and good!) but long for habits and self-discipline that reach deeper – are more eternal…
Don’t get me wrong, I’d LOVE to lose 10 lbs and be the same weight I was when we got married and before I birthed 2 babies 🙂
I want to read even more books than I did this year
I’d love to start playing the piano again…and I’d like to own a sewing machine 🙂
BUT…all of that aside…I have GOT to get my own self-discipline under control
I have to spend time in the Word daily.
Joel and I need to be praying together (w/o the kids) more often
I want to make sure we are making time to get to know and serve Virginia, our 93 year old widowed neighbor
I want to spend less time on facebook and less time texting and more time being fully present with my kids and showing Jesus to them
I want to surround myself with like-minded friends (which we already have) and make time and space for them, not filling it with have-to’s like product parties or family time that seems like an obligation and isn’t a time of learning, teaching, fun, and enrichment
Sometimes it seems easier to make a list of things we will be saying ‘no’ to instead of things we want to change…(Read this blog by The Better Mom on simplifying your goals)
I think the key is leaving space for us to say ‘yes’ to what is most important…serving our children right where they are, serving our neighbor right next door, late night phone calls of friends in crisis, last-minute dinners with friends and their families, bible studies, Sunday morning church, date nights!
In order to make these a priority we must continue to simplify all other areas that cry for our attention
There may be a season for that later, but for now, these things are what is important
Happy 2013 🙂
“Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all things; for this is your will in Christ Jesus”
-2 Thessalonians 5:16-18