|Mt. Rainer Dawn, by Betsy Barber|
I really love taking big conceptual ones and making them specific. (e.g., "One of the ways I will show my love for God is by memorizing the Psalms of Ascent.")
Recently, I came across a note to myself. It read:
Things that keep me healthy: sleep, exercise, writing, good food, prayer, eye-to-eye contact with familyAnd I thought: "huh. That sounds like a good way to think about my New Year's resolutions this year."
What keeps me healthy? Healthy not just in body, but in mind and heart?
We're stewards of ourselves. We're to take what we're given - this particular body, mind, and heart - and use it for the glory of God.
What does that look like?
It's different for every person, I think.
Well, it's different in the specifics. The overarching goal is the same: Love God, and love your neighbor as yourself. But how that works out in your specific circumstances is going to vary.
The new year can be a prompt to examine our stewardship of these selves that God has given us. Are we staying healthy? What's working? What needs tweaking? What would it be good to try anew in the coming year?
I never make New Year's resolutions assuming that I'm going to keep them all perfectly. But I do better when I have something I'm aiming at.
So, this next week on the blog, I'm going to look at these different areas of my life:
-Loving my husband
-Loving my kids
-Loving myself (this is that stewardship thing!)
-Writing (i.e., working well - insert your particular calling here)
And journal through what I'd like to work on this year.
Do it with me!
I'd love it if you did this along with me! You can participate either by posting your goals in the comments, or by sending me a link to your own blog post about your goals, which I'll be happy to post here for you. I get inspired when I read how other people are working out their particular callings, and the more, the merrier.
So, first up tomorrow: New Year's Resolution #1: Love God.
Can't wait to hear what you all have to say!
Peace of Christ to you,