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A Coffee and Some Thoughts on Resolutions Friday

A Coffee and Some Thoughts on Resolutions Friday

Photo Credit: skyar leaf ©2010 (Flickr via Creative Commons) Previously I have shared some of my goals here when a new year swings around, but this year I'm re-thinking that course of action. It's not that I don't want to be accountable to anyone, as being accountable has helped me with reaching goals in the past. But sometimes I spend so much time telling people what I'm going to do, and later explaining why I have yet to do what I said I was going to do, that little actually gets done. Then I read a brief blog post from Donald Miller about why it may be better to not share my resolutions publicly, and I think, "Thanks, brain," followed up quickly by, "Makes sense."

Again, I'm not planning to do away with accountability. But I want to talk less about doing stuff and, well, actually do stuff.

I have also been rethinking what sorts of goals I should be setting, and the "whys" behind the goals I set thanks to a recent blog post from Shawn Smucker where he talked about making more grace-filled resolutions. Again, it's not to say I don't need to change things. I do. But what if, for example, I had as the "why" behind a goal to exercise more the thought, "Because I feel better mentally and emotionally in addition to the physical benefits" instead of, "Because I'm turning into a shapeless blob"? It's something to think about in the days and weeks ahead at any rate. I'll leave you to draw your own conclusions.

One thing I will share is my One Word for 2014:

TRUST

Because as often as I have heard "Let go and let God!" or been admonished to, "Just believe and walk in faith", on one level or another I have struggled to do just that. But I am learning, and want to remember to keep making progress in that particular area. Solidfying the idea for me was the following verse from a devotional reading over the holidays:

"Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper." - Psalms 37:3 (NLT)

I like the fact that the above passage gives me something to do while I trust -- to do good. I'm not to sit idly by, twiddling my thumbs as I wait to do whatever it is I'm trusting God for at that moment. Because while I'm an introverted person, I can get too "stuck" inside my own head. Having something else to focus on is often a necessary thing for me.

I hope there are many good things ahead for you in 2014!

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