Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year Resolutions

Choosing just one fruit (of the Spirit) to focus on
I don't make New Year's resolutions. Too much is unknown about the year to come and I'm tempted to focus on what I didn't accomplish rather than on what I did. I still need vision though for where I would like to go, I just need the flexibility to never arrive during my lifetime and the practicality of little steps I can accomplish in a week.
Spiritually I need to grow in patience. Being one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:22), my failures in patience reflect failures to cooperate with the Holy Spirit as I should. I will never be perfect at any of the fruits of the Spirit, including this one. But I recognize that I need to improve in my love of God and love of others by growing in patience. Some ways I might break this lifelong goal into weekly mini-goals include praying for patience, reading a book or selection on this area, looking up Scripture passages to meditate on, seeking out opportunities to be kind and loving, apologizing immediately when I lose my temper, improve my organization to reduce the stress that increases my impatience.
Professionally (as homemaker) I want to become more consistent in the way I clean. Notice that my goal is NOT to maintain a cleaner home. I have a 7month old baby and I'm expecting another in May; my house might very well be less clean this coming year. But I want to improve in my cleaning efforts, regardless of the visible or not-so-visible results.
That's enough vision for me. Other goals will come up and I will accomplish things during the coming year which I simply don't see yet. Life will throw curve balls and unexpected blessings my way. Rather than trying to foresee everything I can't possibly see yet, I'll stick with only two general areas that I hope to grow in and let the other areas appear as they will throughout the year.
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