I'm a pretty practical person. You will very rarely catch me waxing poetic in my blog (or anywhere else, for that matter!) but I do love to read other blogs where the writers can share their feelings in such beautiful ways. I'm a more "get 'er done" kind of girl and my oldest daughter has on occasion called me a work horse because I'm really not happy if there's a mess in the kitchen or a pile of laundry that needs washing, and I can't help myself and must tackle the mess or pile, whatever the case may be, especially if I have to look at it much.
So, I will leave to you creative and poetic types to talk about the passage of time, the dawn of a new decade, and the beauty of New Year's resolutions, and I will be reading your words with joy.
What I do want to talk about is that as we come to the end of another year, it is important to throw out the failures, the disappointments, the spirit of fear, the mistakes, and even the bitterness that may have rooted its way into our hearts. That's what's so great about a new year or a new day-there's no mistakes in it yet. It's a clean slate. I say,"Out with the old and in with the new!"
Oh, I know that some things just can't be wiped away like an eraser on a chalkboard. The problems oftentimes are always going to be there. But there are some things I have control over and that I can do something about. I can be better organized. I can eat healthier foods and maybe even lose some weight. I can be wiser with my money. I can be kinder, gentler, sweeter...I think you get my drift. I'm reminded of II Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
It's all well and good to make these resolutions or goals but taking the next step is just as important, and that is making a plan. If I want to eat healthier and lose some weight (which I do, by the way), then I need to make a plan on how that's going to get carried out. I have to stop eating the junk food I've been living on since the holidays began (ugh!) and eat some good-for-me foods. I have to watch my portions by not putting too much on my plate. I need to do some exercising, too (another ugh!) If I don't want bitterness to take root in my heart about someone, I need to pray for that person daily and ask God to put more love in my heart for them. If I want to watch our money more wisely, I'm going to have to make a budget, see where I'm wasting money, and work on saving some of the green stuff.
Paul said in Philippians 3:13, "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before."
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