Happy New Year!
I love new beginnings. Although I often feel I’m failing in a variety of areas, the coming of each new year brings a certain optimism that goes along with starting over. For me, a fresh start means new energy, new hope, and renewed zeal.
And while I realize that I, like most people, might be breaking my resolutions by February, I do think the start of a new calendar year is a great time to sit down and evaluate where we are, set goals for where we want to be, and make a plan for how to achieve those goals.
We usually spend time as a family on New Year’s Day, talking about our goals for the coming year. Each of us sets a personal goal in each of several categories: spiritual life, family relationships, and time management (all); school (kids and me); finances (parents); rooms (kids); and any other areas we come up with that we want to work on. We talk about them together. We write them down. We pray about them.
I love Philippians 3:13-14. “…but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Are you excited about a new year and the changes it could bring? Do you make New Year’s resolutions for yourself? I would be so happy if you’d share one or more of them here. I’ll reveal one of mine to get things started:
Every week, I want to sit down with the kids and write thank you notes. Even if we just write one each, I think it will make us more aware of our blessings and help us show our gratitude to those who have made our lives richer in some way.
Please chime in with your thoughts in the comments below. I wish each of you a year in which you are able to recognize God’s blessings in your life, and smile about them.