Oh what a year it’s been! Lots of ups and downs, trials and tribulations. We had one of our best years ever in business and one of our most disappointing for unfaithfulness from surprising sources. Here are some high (and low) lights:
- Our house was on the market for six months and didn’t sell which means we didn’t get to move to Nashville to be closer to our daughter and grandchildren.
- We traveled, a lot, much more than the year before and as business increased, so did our travel schedule.
- We had to move my mom, 93, to a nursing home.
- I intended to publish The God Dare by now but didn’t. Because I really feel like it can be better and until it is, I won’t put it out there.
- I got to go to a couple blogging conferences and met some wonderful women I only knew online before.
- My daughter was nominated for two Grammy awards. What??
- I finally got a Vitamix after wanting one FOREVER.
- I turned sixty. Yikes!
- I wasted more time than I should on the Frozen game on my phone. Thanks to my daughter for that one 🙂
- I also fully intended to learn Evernote but didn’t. Lame, I know.
Now it’s time to pull out the annual I’m determined to do better list, the yearly look back and the firm resolve to improve.
Because none of us are immune to possibility.
What I’ve learned is, He’s not interested in my resolutions.
He wants my submission.
He requires deep obedience.
He’s looking for true disciples.
Instead of making resolutions for the future He wants me to reflect on the past year, the things I did, good and bad, the lives I touched, the life-changes I experienced. You might want to reflect too, take time to look back and set some goals for the coming year.
Here are 20 questions to ponder:
- What was the most important decision you made this year?
- What are three major blessings you experienced?
- How did you improve your life? How did you improve other’s lives?
- What are the three best ways you used your free time? The three worst?
- What impossible dream are you believing God for?
- What most caused you to grow and change this year?
- What life event had the biggest impact?
- What extraordinary truth about you did you discover this year?
- What new skill did you tackle?
- This past year did you give your body all it needed to be the healthiest it can be? If not, why not?
- What do you love doing that you’re not doing?
- What fear conquered you this past year? What fear did you conquer?
- What risks did you take?
- What did you do that you want to be remembered for?
- What can you do to make life simpler in the coming year?
- Who do you need to forgive?
- If a friend were giving you advice about your life, what would she say? Would she be right?
- What dreams were born this year? Which dreams died?
- Who did you mentor this year? Who mentored you?
- How did your life help or impact another’s?
Love is shown by obedience. As I submit to His will in all things–physical, mental, spiritual–new patterns will emerge.
He says in His word, “You will have no other gods before me” yet daily we bow down to many other gods, or idols, and we hardly even realize it.
Our idols? Food. Money. Security. People. Time. We say our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit yet if we really, truly believe this why do we make the choices we make? Every January we resolve to get healthy and lose weight yet when temptation roars in, once again we’re unable to resist and year after year we remain the same.
To know and not to do means not really to know.
Whatever realm you struggle with, and we all struggle, look to the word for truth to set you free. If you know your eating/spending/trusting habits are unhealthy, the Lord can bring you deep truth and deeper conviction to strengthen you in your journey. Whatever it is, He’ll reveal it. Our job is simply to obey, submit, pick up our cross and become true disciples.
And by putting submission in the place of resolutions we will find real change.