Happy New Year!
I can still say that right? It’s not too late into the New Year that we’re already looking forward to the next holiday, letting the freshness of the new year wear off as we browse through the Valentine’s Day themed chocolates in the seasonal aisle at the grocery…
Well, I hope not.
Because THIS YEAR is going to be great!
THIS YEAR we have the chance to try again!
THIS YEAR we can have accountability to make all those resolutions easier to achieve.
THIS YEAR we’re going to write ourselves a letter.
My friend and neighbor, Jane, gave me this idea while we were having lunch to celebrate her turning 30 (Happy Birthday, Jane!). This year, I’m going to write down my resolutions. And my thoughts on what went right and what went wrong with that CRAZY Christmas and holiday season we just survived. And I’m also going to write down what God is teaching me right now and how He’s working on my heart.
For me, my letter is going to remind me all the ways I want to be accountable. Having a mentor regularly speaking truth into my life. Meeting with a friend to pray over our marriages. Meeting with some ladies to pray over our precious children. Exercising side-by-side and challenging our diets with another friend and neighbor. And ALL of these ladies and I will be memorizing God’s word to strengthen these areas and make us more disciplined. I want to decide on my word/theme for the year. Should it be Humility? Honesty? or Self-Control? I want to write in the letter all the reasons why I am needing these themes in my life and in my heart.
I am going to write this all down, in greater detail than the blog world needs, and I’m going to give it to Jane. And she’s going to give me hers. And at Thanksgiving, we’ll give them back to each other to read and remember. And to be encouraged by. And to be sobered by. And to use as we prepare for 2016.
What will be in your letter? Who are you going to choose to exchange it with?