Now we are in January already, and I do both things at the same time – analyzing last year systematically while at the same time beginning to put down intentional goals and expectations for myself, my family, and my engagement in every sphere. All parties concerned will be better served in the coming months by diligence and intentionality here.
On the first day of the New Year, I finished copying notes on the year now past from Lauren’s and my Ink+Volt personal organizers. The finished Word document contains 11,008-words and is 29-pages long. Gleaning the big takeaways may yet take some time, but for now I am still trying to break everything into categories to study the distinct timelines.
Family, church, work, friendships, book-reading, trips taken, current events – each was affected by our choices and attitudes, and affected the same in turn. Our new goals for the new year should be informed then by a strong commitment to personal growth and maturity through the good, the bad, and the ugly of their context.
At the end of the day, week, month, and year, we want to make better decisions. Tired platitudes will may fail to engage our hearts and minds fully. we have to be honest about where we have been, what we have done, and who we are.
Just so, our ability or inability to execute perfectly is not the point. Meditating on God’s grace in Christ does not make us complacent. Rather, by that grace we are set free to learn the lessons we must in order to be fruitful and achieve more faithful stewardship of what the Lord has entrusted to us.
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