It’s a new year. I’m looking at ways to be better this year. So how am I specifically planning on doing just that? Here are four of my goals that I’m sharing.
- I will spend less time on Facebook and more time in “The Book”. I’m making a concentrated effort to spend less time on recreational Social Media and more time reading and immersing myself in God’s Holy scriptures. Here’s an excellent source from Kelsey at The Unabashed Life with some tips on studying the Bible if you aren’t sure where/how to begin.
- I will write more….at least 20 minutes a day. That was one of my goals for 2016 and it fell by the wayside way too soon! This year I will make this happen as I’m putting the time in my schedule.
- I will get out in the fresh air and away from electronics – there is something about being out in nature and looking at the beauty of God’s creation that recharges and renews me. And since I live in Georgia there are very few days when it’s too wet or too cold for me get outside for at least a 20 minute walk with the dog.
- I will open my eyes to opportunities for good. I tend to get wrapped up in what’s going on in my own life, and forget to observe the needs of others; and it doesn’t have to be any grand gesture ….maybe it’s a word of encouragement, a card or visit, being a friend. If you think this seems hard, here’s a link with some ideas for random acts of kindness. It’s been said that the easiest way to make a difference in someone’s life is to care.
I’ve tried to keep my goals simple and doable. There will be those days when I fail. But I’m going to remember that when that happens, I don’t have to wait for the start of a new year to start over. Every day that I wake up is the start of a new day, and just like God’s promises I can resolve to start anew every morning.
Lamentations 3:22-24 (NIV)
Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”