Inhale. Exhale. Let Go. Push Onward.
The New Year always beckons us to a fresh start. A time to cherish the good from the past year and wipe clean the slate of our shortcomings. A time to take a deep breath, let it all out, and set new goals. I am a girl who welcomes the idea of fresh starts. Of a bright sun rising in the morning and holding endless possibilities in its glistening rays of light. I’m a beginning of the day, week, month, and year marker that sees endless possibilities at the start of the race, but often feel like I fall short by the end of that day, week, month and year. Anyone else with me here? Do you dream big, strive hard, get lazy, and then feel a little, for lack of a better descriptive word, blah about the whole endeavor by the end of the day? And sometimes that end of the day feeling is the very reason why I love the new day feeling that a morning can bring.
But you know what this fresh start dreamer needs a little dose of? A dose of thankfulness and joy for the here and the now. Taking each moment as a fresh start. To know that when His word reminds us that His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:23), this extends to each moment, of each hour, of each day. To know that when I fall short in the moment (which I of course will, and often) I don’t have to wait for the next day or next year for the slate to be wiped clean. I can learn from my past, but live in each moment and work towards good. My husband’s grandfather had a saying that is now engraved on a plaque at their family-run business.
Those right there are some pretty wise words my friends. Words that are encouraging, but honestly, a little intimidating. Intimidating because I really want to leave behind something good each day, but to achieve this requires some work, and sometimes I just don’t feel like doing the work. The very work that I mentioned earlier of living in the moment, but also of forgiving myself of shortcomings and pushing forward.
But the best part is that I don’t have to do the work alone! (Insert mental image of hand hitting forhead in a “duh” kind of motion). If I can remember to turn towards Christ for guidance in each moment, my path can become a whole lot clearer. Not necessarily easier, but given direction on the course of a winding road. I can find guidance for putting energy into things that will bring glory and honor to Him, and not into something that will leave me feeling drained and blah in all the wrong ways. I want to leave behind good by responding to God where I am, and as I am. ( One of many great points in the book I am reading, A Million Little Ways…you should definitely check it out!)
I have been thoughtfully considering some ways I can work towards good in the moments of each days. While perhaps a little vague and open-ended, I want to continue to lift these things up in prayer and hold them in my heart and mind as I find direction in 2014.