Year's End - update on 2014 resolutions

 I love the week between Christmas and New Year's.  It's a welcome change of pace from the hectic pace of the preceding days.  We usually spend most of the time taking down decorations, watching bowl games, and eating leftovers. No big festivities.  Just tying up loose ends and looking ahead to whatever the new year holds. 

At this time last year, I excitedly blogged that our family set some individual goals and shared them with each other.  I naively (proudly?) anticipated in my post about this that I looked forward to sharing with you at year end how the goals went.

Well, in a word,  NOT.  The goals were not reached. 

And, no, I didn't get even get closer to the goal than if I'd not tried.

I made ZERO progress.


These were good goals, mind you.  One was a spiritual goal, one was a health goal, and the last was an organizational one.  All were commendable, wise, and reachable.  And I failed at them all.

So why do I tell you this?

In addition to keeping it real, I want to share my life with you.  When I "succeed" and when I don't.  This time, I clearly didn't.
 So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.  I Thessalonians 2:8

Will I set goals for 2015?


But I have a different mindset this time.

I know all about what the self-help books tell you.  That goals should be specific.  Measurable.  Attainable but require a stretch. To write them down.  And the big key is to share them with someone.

Well, I did all that. 

And while those may be good things to do, they do not guarantee that the goals will be reached.  I am living proof.

I've decided that there needs to be a step prior to the goal setting.

At least for me.

And that's to ask God what HIS plans are for me.

What are HIS goals for me this year? 

When I consulted Him, this is where I landed first...

Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before.  (I Thess. 4:11)

Instead of "dreaming big dreams", having lofty aims or setting grand goals, my ambition this year is to live quietly.  Mind my own business and keep my hands busy.

That's my start.

If I get any other instructions along the way, I promise to share them with you.

Oh, and I think part of His plan of keeping my hands busy this year is to continue to blog.

I hope it's helping some of you.

It's keeping me busy....and out of therapy.  So far, so good.

Happy New Year, friends!