I don’t know if anyone is out there reading blog posts on New Year’s Day, but I’m in the mood to start the year with a new commitment to write more and better blog posts in the months to come.
As I considered what topic to begin with, I had to consider this last year and evaluate my shortcoming and strengths…common thing for people to do when flipping the calendar to a new year. I hope I have learned, grown, expanded my reach, made a positive impact somewhere, and crept closer to my personal goals.
I can site 3 things that I have placed more importance on because of my experiences in 2013.
1. It’s much harder to be Christlike than to be humanlike.
I have been examining my tendencies, and the tendencies of others to judge, condemn, withhold grace, and lack compassion for those around us who are struggling, sinning and lost. I’m ashamed to say I fall into the same trap most of us do… the bottomless pit of complaining, grumbling and fingerpointing. But I can also see how my heart has changed over the last several months. I will be on guard and strive to be more like Jesus.
2. Time moves quickly (and I don’t).
I am a great procrastinator about some things. But another year has passed and I have joined the throng of friends, family and colleagues who didn’t accomplish everything I wanted to in 2013. I get lazy and lose out on opportunities to make strides toward my goals. But I’ve been more aware lately of how, with just a few adjustments, I can be more efficient with my time and more mindful of attaining my dreams.
3. God’s Got it Covered
Global warming, Obamacare, hungry children, unemployment, war, and politics….it can all bring you down when you over-think these issues. Whether it’s personal or worldly things that impact your daily life, God has it. He cares more than you recognize, He loves more than you feel He does, He rules with mercy more than we can fathom. He’s in charge – not me, not you, not the presidents and dictators, not the sky or the sea. We can all rest in His perfect plan and design for our short lives and imperfect world.
I know I will face good things and hard things in 2014. I plan to live better and give more. I hope you will have the best year ever and that you will continue to follow my journey as I write, read, lead and grow.
Blessings and thank you to all of you for being a part of my life in 2013.