Tuesday, January 3, 2012


"So let's not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don't give up, or quit."
~ Galatians 6:9 The Message

Yesterday my husband and I tried a different approach to New Year's resolutions. Instead of creating our own, both of us wrote out a list for each other. Our goal was to come up with resolutions that are good for the body ~ good for the soul ~ good for the mind ~ good for the heart ~ good for relationships ~ good for the home.

I was shocked (and a little concerned!) when my husband delved into the task without thought or hesitation. Clearly, he already had a list in mind...things he wanted to see changed in his bride of over twenty-five years. I jumped in with both feet as well, eager to keep up with my husband's frantic pace of writing. I put my curiosity over his growing list aside, and wrote down the first thing that popped into my mind in each of our "good for..." categories.

In only a few short minutes we both sat with our completed lists, ready to share them. My husband asked me to read my list for him first. As I read each resolution, he listened and nodded thoughtfully at my choices. Then he read the list he'd written for me.

We were a bit dumbstruck at the similarity of the two lists. We brought our pages together to create one list of resolutions for both of us to aim for during the coming year. This year, we will strive to ~
~take a day of rest each week
~open our Bibles daily
~begin each day with the prayer, "Lord help me to see everyone through your eyes."
~find a new hobby or revisit an old one
~try to do things differently, and out of the norm
~enjoy the moment...laugh more
~walk together four times a week
~go through our possessions and organize or eliminate
~be more prudent with our resources.

Is our list doable? Time will tell. I am sure we will fall short in some (or all) of these areas. But that's okay. The point is to get us thinking, and to challenge ourselves and each other. If we go through life content with "status quo", how will we learn...and grow...and realize our dreams in life? We won't. Regardless of our level of success or failure as time moves on, I believe it is going to be a GOOD year...a very GOOD year!

"A happy New Year! Grant that I
May bring no tear to any eye
When this New Year in time shall end
Let it be said I've played the friend,
Have lived and loved and labored here,
And made of it a happy year."
~Edgar Guest



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