It's a new what?


It's the beginning of a new year. I love this season!  A new page on the calendar - a new calendar in fact!  Fresh start.  Chance to begin again.

We've had an unusually busy couple of months at our house.  Addition to our family, getting my folks settled here, on top of the holidays and a household that operates at warp speed for normalcy.  It's been exciting but it was comforting when my husband decided it was time to circle the wagons and called us together for family conference.  Time to regroup.  He asked us all to share 3 successes from this past year and then 3 goals we would set for 2014.  Not resolutions.  Goals.  Things that would stretch us, but be attainable.  Something measurable and specific. 

I am so glad he led us through this exercise.  It got me to thinking way past our family meeting.  So very helpful to take some time to evaluate my life from this past year, celebrating ground I've gained as well as to contemplate what things I can do differently for next year .

My goals cover three different aspects of my life - physical, spiritual, and practical.   I challenge you to do the same, regardless of which areas you focus on. And share your goals with someone - goals made public are far more likely to be reached.

Rather than being idle or pointlessly busy, I want to make the most of every opportunity.  In fact, I want to create opportunities! Life will just pass by without my making investments in anything that matters unless I am intentional and purposeful.  And that won't happen without some thought.  Before you move into the next day, spend some time thinking about your goals and heed what Ephesians 5:16 exhorts:
making the most of your time, because the days are evil. 
I hope that this time next year I'll have 3 success stories to share.  And more goals to set!
Happy New Year!