The other day I read a very inspirational blog post in light of New Year’s resolutions and decisions. Instead of making a list of resolutions she was bound to break, as far as the experts tell us, the author of the post had decided to choose a word around which she was going to structure her life in 2014. Her choice was “nurture” and referred to relationships, personal health, career and marriage.
The post gave me food for thought and prayers to pray. As anyone over a certain age, I have been pondering in the last week or so on what went right and what could have been better this year. I do not mean in my circumstances but in my attitude, ways of thinking and consequently, actions. It tied in nicely with our young pastor’s preaching last Sunday challenging us to change our thoughts as the simple action of keeping them under control will change our lives.
So, the words I have chosen for this coming year are RENEW and RESET.
RENEW as in Romans 12:2 “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”(New Living Tradition). How many times have I made decisions based on what I knew about the situation, what was considered as “common knowledge” or common sense? How many times have I not considered God’s perspective on things just because I thought I knew the “truth”? I intend this to change this year by taking more time to consider God’s view on things over my own.
I chose RESET this morning, watching our Christmas tree lights and enjoying the soft twinkling I had set as a mode over the hard-on-the-eye, jumpy mode that comes as their factory setting. It goes hand in hand with RENEW but speaks more of my attitude to things and happenings in the New Year. If this year my attitude has been one of using my words too quickly(traffic lights come to mind:-), if it has grated the eyes and the minds of my dearest ones, then this year I wish with all my heart to set the reset button and become a soft twinkling light that pleases,soothes and gives comfort.
Happy New Year, my friends, see you in 2014!