Typically this is the time of year everyone is rushing about, finishing their shopping, and making off-hand remarks as to how “things are going to be different next year!”
A lot of people actually sit down and write out a list of goals or things they want to accomplish over the next 12 months.
Personally, I like to sit back and look at what I’ve learned over the last year. Some things are to see what I can improve upon in the coming year. Others are just flat out life lesson that really should only be learned once – preferably not the hard way.
I spent much of this year drawing closer to God in ways I haven’t in more years than I care to admit here. I’ve learned to again open myself up to Him and allow him to wash me clean of the junk and to just bask in His presence.
I’ve become more patient with my children – most of the time – although we all have our moments! I have learned so many things from them but that’s a post for another day.
I have learned to allow myself to be stretched in so many ways: spiritually, financially, mentally, emotionally … pretty much you name, I’ve been stretch that way this year.
Through it all, though, this is one of the happiest years I’ve had to date. I started the year with expectation that it would be a great year but I wasn’t aware of anything that would make it so great. Now, as this year is ending I look back and see all of the little things that have made it so very great. Just more proof that it really is the little things that make the biggest difference.
On the flip-side, I don’t normally write down goals for the coming year. I honestly can’t remember the last time I made a bona-fide New Years Resolution much less stuck with it. However, tonight I was doing some thinking about what I need to improve in my life and the recurring theme is Consistency. My list has the phrase “be more consistent” so many times I decided I would just make it a generalization and work on being consistent, or more consistent, in EVERY area of my life.
The more specific things on my list include but are not limited to:
* Be more consistent with prayer and Bible reading.
* Be more consistent with tithing.
* Be more consistent with exercise and healthier lifestyles, food, etc. (Notice this does not say “lose weight”. I truly believe that any weight loss success has to do with changing the persons lifestyle and food habits rather than just a fad diet.)
* Be more consistent in discipline with the boys.
* Be more encouraging.
* Surround myself/boys with people who believe as we do (much easier said than done!).
* Be more consistent with blogging – actually blogging/writing as often as I think to do it but actually don’t.
That’s just a sampling but the biggest ones are there. Do you see how I got consistency as my them?! About this time next year I will be looking back at this post and will be able to see vast improvement in these areas as well as others! That’s so very exciting!!