Being the first day of the new year, I feel this odd pressure to have something profound to say. I have avoided posting anything on Facebook all day for this same reason. The reality is that it simply feels like another day, but a really good and simple one.
Today was the last day of Kyle’s vacation before returning to work and me being by myself again with the girls. My gloriously wonderful husband let me sleep in this morning while he took care of our 2-year-old and even tackled the construction of a play kitchen my parents got her for Christmas (the baby had woken me in the middle of the night so she was still sleeping). We had such a great day relaxing as a family, Kyle and I even got in our workout (we started Insanity again since I found out I was pregnant a month into it last time), and we were able to enjoy not having plans, leaving some of the cleaning and putting away for tomorrow (or another day) and simply relished in the time we had together as a family.
I’ve never been real big into making a New Year resolution. Partially because I feel as though I am almost setting myself up to break it if I do. But I make “unofficial” ones just because I can’t seem to help myself. I laugh as the number of people I see walking/running through my neighborhood doubled today, but getting and staying healthy is one of my unofficial resolutions (hence the Insanity…which, if you have never tried it, is aptly named just BTW). I want to be a good example for my girls and I want to be healthy and “in shape” enough to keep up with them as I get older. My other unofficial resolution is another one that I see people doing a lot and may seem somewhat cliche to some (think Sunday School answer here. You know, how if you answer God and/or the Bible for a question in Sunday School, 9 times out of 10 you will be correct). It’s to live out my faith better and to be a light to those who don’t know Christ. But I can’t think of anything more pertinent for me to resolve to do and improve upon over the next year. Especially since the world didn’t end and all (not yet anyway. Sorry Mayans…kinda a bummer if you have been anticipating this year for that long).
Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.
Colossians 1:28-29 ESV
This is my prayer. Not just as a New Year’s resolution that can be broken and discarded, but as my calling as a follower of Jesus. As I allow Christ to work in me and through me, I pray that the world will begin to see who Christ is. Not for my glory or any credit due me, but because the world will end and on that day we will all have to stand before God the judge and be held accountable. My prayer is that I will have done all that I could to live a life that reflects what I believe, that I learned how to take advantage of the opportunities to not simply tell people about God but to show them what Jesus looks like through me life. I want to be that reflection to my girls that they too will grow into mature women in Christ and take on the same responsibility with grace and wisdom beyond their years.
Happy New Year to you all and I pray that God will richly bless each and every one of you.