New Year…new start.
Don’t we all want to start with new goals for the New Year?
I know I do. I’m a doer. I like making lists. I like checking things off my lists. I’m a I-want-to-do-big-things-for-God kind of person.
My temptation at the beginning of a New Year is to DO more, and DO it better:
- make more home-cooked meals, even if it means in the crockpot
- read more books
- spend more time homeschooling and less time administrating
- plan more projects (like a garden and a patio out back)
- clean up my office…finally (my kids complain because I don’t actually use my office–it’s the first one I’ve ever had in my life and I can’t use it because it’s too cluttered!)
- get back into scrapbooking (poor John; I stopped when he was a year old; he’s now sixteen!)
- do more art journaling
- write and blog more
- spend more time in devotions, Bible reading, and prayer
- and that hardest one of all, EXERCISE more!
Note: Can you see all the unseen frowny faces after the items on my list?
As a busy mom with three children still at home and still students, as a more-than-parttime job for a wonderful ministry at the Home School Foundation, and as a quasi-newlywed (Peter and I have been married only a year and a half; when are you no longer a newlywed, I wonder?), I have little extra time to do the TO DO list!!!
Then I started asking myself the usual questions associated with setting New Year’s goals,
“Which items should I attempt to do first?”
“What if I start something again and can’t finish it?”
“Should I stop sleeping less to get more done?”
“Who am I kidding, anyway?”
After madly hitting the STOP button on the treadmill in my frantic, zealous mind, I took a few moments to sit down and just breathe…and breathe some more.
“Okay, Lord. I’ve got this all wrong..again. You know what You want me to do; You know what I need to focus on. Please tell me what You want me to make a priority this year. I know You can help me, Father, do whatever You ask of me.”
Instead of trying to run with a plan (always too big of a plan for my own britches), I need to sit at Jesus’ feet and listen to what He tells me.
That really is the key — listening to His voice.
What did I sense He was telling me?
“I want you to be thankful. I want you to make the study of, meditation on, and practice of gratitude serious business.”
You’re right, Lord; my hands are so often much busier doing than my lips are giving thanks.
I want this year to be fruitful, productive, a blessing to all those I love–my husband, my children, my family, my friends, my neighbors (near and far). And I want to glorify God.
But for me, this is where it starts…with being thankful for every big and little thing God brings to mind. He is so worthy of our thanks — He loves us so very much!
I’m confident God is going to do good things in me this year. What is God asking you to do this year?
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” ~Colossians 3:16-18