As I began a draft of my New Year’s resolutions it included the usual:
Personal Goals: lose weight, exercise, drink more water, get more organized. I’ve had some minor success with resolutions in the past, particularly if I put a plan around the goal. For example, one year I got serious about losing weight and budgeted time and dollars for Weight Watchers–so I was successful. This year I’ve decided that yoga would be good for me. To shore up my resolution, I’ve joined a program with two best friends, whom I am trusting to help hold me accountable.
Household Goals: Declutter my home. I have a big box or two set aside to use in collecting things and have set a date for the biggest yard sale my neighborhood (and probably most of Hanover) will ever experience.
BeadingWear: Approach two retail outlets, take two new classes to improve my skills.
Writing Career: As I looked over my list, I tentatively added Finish rewriting/formatting my book. Do I dare list Get it published? Last year’s goal was to finalize the first draft of my book. I did that to the best of my ability. And, as I look back over the past year, I’ve made some giant leaps forward because I kept that resolution–things I never envisioned on January 1st. For example:
* The opportunity presented itself so I could teach it to a group
* New friends have helped me edit the manuscript too many times to count
* I attended a Christian Writer’s Conference
* I signed with a literary agency
* I’ve made numerous writer friends
* I’ve set up Facebook, Twitter and website author accounts
* I’ve even figured out what blogging is and am trying to do so as instructed by my agent.
And here I am at year end, still rewriting this book. What will happen in 2015? I’m committed to taking whatever step God places in front of me and let Him guide me through this amazing journey.
All of the things on my list are good goals. But God touched my heart and asked if there was a goal that included Him. This caused me to pause, to just get quiet before Him and ask what He might have in mind. I hadn’t intentionally left Him off the list–maybe I need to add a spiritual category. I already have a regular quiet time, teach a Sunday School class and spend time preparing the lesson and study for my blog and my book. What does He want from me this year? In the stillness of the morning, my heart heard Him say, “I want you to know me more.” “Well, Lord, I’m all for that. What might that look like? How would I go about that? I’ve already signed up for my regular Bible study with my friends from church. We are studying Max Lucado’s book, Before Amen. What else do you want me to do?” “There you go with that doing thing again. How about just being with me.”
Spiritual: I’m not quite sure what this looks like to God, but I’m going to move it to the top of my list. I’m going to show up each morning with my Bible reading plan and daily devotional guide and then just be still before Him–just hang out. No doubt I’ll let you know how that turns out.
What has God asked you to put on your New Year’s resolution list this year? I’ll bet He wants you to know Him more, too.