It is so cliche, I know. But it’s true, a year does make a huge difference. And I am such a scrooge about Christmas, I have to love the new year, or I would be a total loser.
I am a sucker for new beginnings, fresh starts. I don’t understand how you could not be? But I know people don’t understand how I could not love Christmas time, so whatever. The minute the month long Christmas celebrations come to an end I start thinking about the next year:
How much weight do I want to lose? And . . . I want to parent differently, make new friends, clean out my closet, clean out my pantry, floss my teeth more, read more, learn more, do more, love more and on and on and on. My brain practically explodes! My brain is usually on overdrive as its normal setting, but a new year?! A new START?!? Now it is going full speed ahead, nothing can stop it. NOTHING!
My husband is used to my crazy ideas and my tireless mind explosions; he has been a witness to this insanity for several years. So the normal conversation of, “I want to cook tacos for dinner, and can you check the girls homework, and I think I want to start a blog and run an orphanage, so I think I will need to buy a mac-book and a Patagonia jacket to make it all happen, okay?”, elicits the normal sigh and playful eye roll from him. Then he has to decipher how serious I am and about which parts, because I am serious. He knows I want to do it all, and with good intention. So he tells me he always loves tacos for dinner and he will set up a blog for me. Sweet husband. But what about all the rest of the things I want to get done?
Maybe they will happen, maybe they won’t. I have seen things happen in my life the past few years that I could have never ever ever (I mean never) seen coming. Some good and some heartbreakingly bad. So my resolutions are with good intent, but if they don’t happen, it’s because other things did happen. God willed things. For His Glory and for my good.
MAKE YOUR RESOLUTIONS, THAT IS GOOD! and then go for it, and trust whichever way they go it is okay:
Proverbs 16:9 “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”
James 4:13-15 “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’“
Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
SO HAPPY NEW YEAR! CHEERS! Here’s to me drinking less Starbucks . . .