An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. – Bill Vaughn, American columnist
Ahh yes the season of resolving to change.
Aren’t you grateful we have opportunities to do just that? Aren’t you in fact, like I am, relieved that we don’t HAVE to continue in patterns and habits that are unbecoming, unlovely…even unholy? Isn’t it wonderful to have fresh starts now and again? And I’m not just referring to the annual calendar turn on January 1st.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. – Lamentations 3:22-23
Every morning is a fresh start. And each day is filled with opportunities to change for the better. The Lord IS so merciful to give us these, and He is so patient as we mess up again and again, but oh the joy He feels when we come back to Him and ask His forgiveness and He has the opportunity to show us His love again and again.
So…what does 2012 have in store for you? Still thinking about what you want to commit to for this year? Or maybe even whether it is worth making commitments, or challenges for yourself, only to likely not follow through with them? Been there, done that. More years than not, in fact! But this year I decided, let’s get bold. Or, to borrow a line from the Black Eyed Peas…”let’s get excited!” 🙂 So here is what is on my list so far…
*Just finished reading through the book Radical (by David Platt) with our small group at church and felt compelled to commit to “The Radical Experiment” at the end of the book. This is super exciting to me, especially since Brad and I are in it together (as well as some of the other couples in our group). If you are a Christian and you have not read this book, I cannot encourage you enough to do so! Wow, talk about a challenge to change! So without going into lengthy detail, we are committing to do the following in the next year: (1) pray for the entire world – we are doing this using the book Operation World and the prayer calendar included – very excited about this! (2) read through the entire Bible – started our new reading plan today, we picked the M’Cheyne One Year Plan from YouVersion (3) sacrifice our money for a specific purpose – TBD! (4) spend our time in another context (i.e. missions) – TBD! (5) commit our lives to a growing community of believers – words cannot describe how grateful we are for the close-knit community we have with our Sunday School class at FBD, praise God for such encouraging and inspiring friends and partners in the Gospel!
*Run a Half Marathon to benefit World Vision. There…I said it. Seeing as how I have never run more than 2.5 miles in one stretch, this is a bit daunting for me to even consider running 13.1 miles, and even worse…TRAINING for the actual race! What?!! But I have always admired those who can do it, and I know if I commit to do it just for myself, or for my personal “bucket list” so to speak, I won’t do it. I will train for a few weeks, and decide I’m not strong enough, I’m too tired, blah blah blah blah…I can talk myself out of anything! But when I came across the World Vision runs, and learned that all the money raised through fundraising goes to providing clean water for villages in Africa, I felt exhilarated! And now I feel accountable to something so much greater than little ol’ me:) So, here I go…training starts…TOMORROW. whew!
*Complete at least 1 Painting each month. This is really just a way to discipline myself to stay in the studio and not lose the technique of oil painting or to forget my love for doing it! I thought when I became a SAH mom this would come more easily…but was I ever wrong! It is more difficult than ever to make the time to get in there and paint! It really disappoints me that I haven’t done more of it, but that is what NY resolutions are for…picking yourself up, dusting yourself off, and getting back in the saddle again! 🙂
2012. Let’s do this!