I didn’t always get excited about the new year. I used to consider celebrating the calendar change and making resolutions a pretty banal exercise in futility. But my pastor said something once that made me change my mind. He said if we didn’t expect anything from God, we’d get it every time.
I’m now convinced God wants to show up and blow our minds. It gets a lot harder if we’re not looking for it or expecting it. Now I look at each new year with a little more suspense and enthusiasm. What does God have in store? Life would be pretty boring without adventures, and I’m looking for mine. Like I said yesterday, 2012 was a year of blessing, and 2013 was a year of triumph over trials. What will this year be? I’m pretty excited!
In the spirit of things, I’ve made a list. It’s more of a hefty to-do list than resolutions (I’m AWESOME at making to-do lists), but I guess I’m resolved to work on my list, so it counts. But I’m trying to be wary of two things.
1 – I’m not holding on to my list too tightly. It’s important to have a list. Without goals, we’d just float through life, wasting years without the drive of accomplishments. We’re here on this earth to make an impact, and each of us do it in our own unique way. But on the other hand, as I just wrote a few days ago, I’m learning to let go. There are a lot of things I’d like to do, things that I think would help me be a better person, better mom, and a better wife. But I’m OK if God changes the plan. I have three little jumping beans at home, my plans get changed all the time! I have stuff I’m going to work on, but if God has other plans for me, I want to be wiling to go with the flow.
2 – I don’t want to ride on last year’s victories. God did some pretty awesome stuff last year. And it’s going to make for some great landmarks of faith in my life. But I don’t want to keep living on those highs and not move forward. I want God to blow my mind this year and make lasts year’s adventures about as exciting as a trip to the grocery store. I want to set those things down now and embrace the new things He has for me, whether they are blessings or hardships, because I trust that He is good and only has my best interests at heart.
What are you expecting from God this year? Make it big! Dream for miracles. Hope for stuff that’ll never happen unless God shows up. “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21 Think big, and then let Him put your imagination to shame.
Now in the words of the great C.S. Lewis, “Then in the name of Aslan, if ye will have it so, let us go on and take the adventure that should fall to us”.