well, it’s that time of year again. you know…for a new one. oh, 2009…what’s in store for your heart and your soul? whatever will you bring to my friends and family? only time will tell.
well, friends, i have a statement/confession/testimony/declaration/announcement: i do not believe in making new years resolutions.
now, i’m all for honoring the natural cycles and seasons in our life, if you will. for example, traditonal chinese medicine teaches that the winter is a time to prepare for spring. i’ve had a bug this past week, to clean out my closet to get organized, and now have 6 bags of clothes, shoes and household items (plus a chair and a tv) to be carted off to goodwill. so i think for some, new years, is a natural time to rethink and review. rock solid. but let’s think bigger.
jacob said something, yesterday, that sort of confirmed it all in a nice, concise, phrase, “are you making a resolution because of a conviction or out of guilt and shame? because one will free you and one will enslave you.”
woo! that’s a truck load. but it’s truth. so many years and so many new years resolutions have been made out of guilt and shame and peer pressure (that’s right, kids!). these decelerations of change and transformation, almost always end in brokenness leaving your heart hurting more than when it began. i have believed the lie, before, that, ‘well, if guilt is getting me to do this than at least that’s something.’ no! no, it’s not!
so i propose this, instead, blogging world. how about we nix the new years resolutions and, instead, listen to our hearts every day. we can’t wait on a new year to wipe away the past, to leave something behind…we have to decide today TODAY!, that we are closing the door and opening a new one…or that we are standing still. either way, own it! and listen to the call in your life year round.
next monday, i will be sitting down with three other women, to talk about resolutions. ha! i feel like for our group, however, it just has happened to fall during the new year celebration. or at least that’s where my heart is. these ladies and i walk life together, and i look forward to the resolutions we will proclaim in the months to come.
i’ll let you know how it goes.
until next time, you should check out this thing called wine for Jesus…it’s flippin sweet.