Today many people awoke geared up to execute a New Year's resolution. I've never been a fan of New Year's resoultions in my own life because it is typically one self-focussed thing that I forget about or fail to achieve. BUT, I do want to live intentionally. Rather than improving just one aspect of my life, I want to grow in all areas of life so that my life models the faith I profess and my everyday actions extend His hands and feet to the people around me.
Given the times we live in, here are the ten things I am choosing to focus on and would challenge you to do the same.
1) Put God first and trust in His goodness…even when life doesn’t “feel” good. Reading Scripture regularly will help.
2) Tell your family you love them every day.
3) Tell your friends you appreciate them. Don’t just wait for “thank you” moments.
4) Take care of your body. It is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
5) Don’t let our technological age replace quality face to face, heart to heart conversation.
6) Aim to bring a smile to the face of another – volunteer, send snail mail, sponsor a child, etc.
7) Slow down. We live in a fast paced society that causes us to miss the small blessings He places before us. (I’m trying to be especially cognizant of this as a stay at home mother of two small children with a third on the way.)
8) Reach for your goals/dreams. Don’t just sit around waiting and thinking about it. Actually put one foot in front of the next and trust that if it is from God it will be blessed. (My goal is to complete another book manuscript in 2011!)
9) Do something special for you. You need “refueling” to be spiritually full and able to extend His blessings to others. (I accomplish this through a girl’s getaway to Women of Faith each year!)
10) Let go of “to do’s” so you can follow God’s agenda each moment of every day. It will benefit and bless you far more in the long run.
What are you focussing on this year? Whatever it is, I pray that you bring it to Christ, the author and perfector of our faith, to bring eternal fulfillment to your days ahead.
Happy New Year!