Is your 2015 off to a good start? It's funny how the new year always creates a sense of urgency to get things back on track, or even to get on a track of healthier choices, wiser financial decisions and better organizational systems. I'm no different, although I don't really make resolutions.
Last year, I put the word "Thrive" out there as my word for the year. I started off strong, as we all do, and within a month's time, I was back to my old routines. It's not that the whole year was a flop... I did accomplish some things I set out to do... or at least I worked on them.
For instance, the blog got a much needed new design, Creative Ways Link Party was started, and the readership grew a little bit. Our homeschooling year has been productive and we've worked hard to establish a good routine, although we'll have to get back on track now after Christmas break. The kids and I read through a good portion of the Bible through a reading plan our church was doing, as part of our daily school schedule. In the summer, our family went through several trials, drawing us to Christ for strength and guidance. So, in some areas, there was growth.
I worked on other areas on an "as needed" basis... meaning that I was reactive rather than proactive. Home management (keeping the house tidy, organizing, purging) still could use a lot of improvement. Teaching my kids (even though they are 13 and 10) to pick up after themselves and pitch in with chores is an on-going struggle. As far as the relationships go, they also need some TLC. My kids are growing up so fast and we have so much more to share with them about living Christ-honoring lives. What about nurturing the relationship with my husband? Well, that's yet another area that needs some concentrated effort. Friendships and hospitality... other areas that need work.
So, am I a complete failure because I didn't fully accomplish what I set out to do last year? I certainly hope not. I look back over this last year and I see growth. I am still being molded and shaped into the person I was created to be. It is a process until I meet my Creator face to face. This year, instead of resolutions or a "Word of the Year", my goal is simply this...
"Do (my) best to present (myself) to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth."
If I make this my focus, I believe all the other areas will fall into place. Working to please the LORD instead of people will help me zero in on what's most important. Once I've tapped into the Living Vine, I can't help but thrive in all the other areas. What's the one area you are most wanting to see growth in this year?
May your 2015 be full of good health, happy memories and the joy of the LORD!