I'm not big on New Year's resolutions. Mostly, this is because I'm already such a list maker, and I already have enough on the one titled "To-Do."This year, instead, I have a few things I'd like to focus on not doing. Intentionality is often the only way I remember these things, and I consistently have to remind myself of them.
2012 - The Not To Do List:
This includes gossip, over-complaining, and being discouraging. Sometimes I forget the power that God has given our words, and I allow things to come out of my mouth that I don't even mean. Knowing that my words have life and death helps put things in perspective. I only want words of life coming out of me.
It's such an ever present part of our flesh. The desire for approval, for popularity, for success. Yet the more I seek those things, the farther I am drawn away from the presence of God. Often, I don't even realize when my motives are selfish because it's so natural to think this way. I desperately desire to stop all comparisons and frustrations when things don't go my way. I want my confidence to come from God, and I want to be just as happy for others as I would be for myself - all of the time.
This has nothing to do with making sure I do that craft from Pinterest ASAP (though, I would like to just sit down and make something I've just pinned right after pinning it). It has more to do with people. I don't want the people I encounter to slip through the cracks of my life unnoticed. I want to have the presence of mind to contact somebody as soon as they come to mind - ask how they are, see if there's a need to pray for, or just send an encouraging note. There is hardly ever a consequence for doing this, but there could be unknown consequences if I don't.
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These ideas are not new ones, yet I am so very aware of myself and the imperfections that can keep me from fulfilling God's plans for me if I am not daily on my guard. Thankfully, I have a perfect Savior who gives me the grace to make these efforts into realities.
Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak! -Matthew 26:41