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Sunday, December 27, 2009

If you've found your way to my blog after hearing my interview on Moody Radio, I want to wish you a warm welcome. On the interview I talked about getting organized in the New Year. I think that's a goal that most women have either on the table, or not far below it.

The only people I know who are happy not being organized are some teenage boys. I know, because I happen to live with a few who think I'm completely cracked up to want them to put their nice shorts in one drawer and athletic shorts in another. It's not like I'm asking them to alphabetize their books ... although that's not a bad idea ...

I've got a few areas of my life that desperately need some attention. One of them is my photos. I used to have some semblance of photo organization until we bought a digital camera. There was something orderly about only being able to take 24 or 36 photos, and then having them developed and put into their own envelope.

I'm completely embarrassed when I finally get my photos developed and there are 200 of them. In a box! It's just been too much for me.

But because my children love to see photos, and it helps them cement memories, it's one of the areas I'll be working on in 2010. Kind of a New Year's resolution, but not that formal.

However, I do need to come up with some kind of New Year's resolution, and I've got one week to do so. Not that I feel obligated to do so, but it's a good practice for me. And I write for a blog called At the Well, where they've asked me to post one for January. Nothing like external motivation to get me moving.

Here's one idea I'm considering. It's not a practical one. And it's not something I can measure. But I heard it this past week and I can't get it out of my head. Here it is:

"Wish for others what you wish for yourself."

I don't think that's exactly the quote, but it's what God spoke to me. It really gets to the heart of how I want to love others. If I were to truly live out that resolution, it would eliminate judgement, envy and jealousy from my heart. It would also address the pride that threatens to surface from time to time.

If I truly wished for others what I wish for myself, I would never hope for the haughty to stumble and suffer embarrassment. I would never wish for someone to miss an opportunity I wish I would have had. You get the picture - not pretty.

Instead, my heart would always think the best, want the best and hope for the best for others.

Honestly, it's scary to put that kind of New Year's resolution out there. Part of me wonders if I could live up to something like that. And yet another part of me thrills to the idea that I could actually be a little more like Jesus is 2010. I want that so much.

It would be easier to say I'm going to post three times a week on my blog, or start up a new blog that's been on my mind focusing on organization. Those are results-oriented resolutions, and that's a safer road for me.

And yet I know God would much rather my heart reflect His.

No one will know how I do on the resolution to wish for others what I wish for myself.

Except God.

The bottom line is, that's enough.

I guess I have my New Year's resolution after all.

Are you making one this year? If you are, please post it, or just leave me a comment. If you do, I'll randomly pick someone on Wednesday to win a Starbuck's Gift Card. Please make sure you leave a way for me to contact you.

In His Love,



Jennifer Renee said...

I always enjoy reading your blogs and find such encouragement in your words. My New Year's resolution is to have a closer walk with God and b an encouragement and blessing to others. I've already started by praying for a group of new friends every day and this has been a great start. God has also given me something else to do for these friends.
You can contact me at JenniferReneeRodd@gmail.com

Nancy M. said...

Wow, between Lysa's mention of her (mutual) love for office supplies & your (mutual) passion for organization, I am revved up & excited to get moving on my new office / study space! ;-)

I love your resolution, Glynnis, & would like to resolve that, as well. There are so many people who would benefit from a more positive attitude from me! (tragically, most of them are family)

But my ORIGINAL resolution is to pray for my adult step-sons & their wives & children & girlfriends. My Christmas present to them was to go thru Stormie Omartian's "Praying for your adult children," but that didn't quite happen (I'm not much of a book reader). But I do want to attempt that in the new year. They deserve that.

(that & to finally lose that nagging last 20 lbs, mop my kitchen floor at least once a month (instead of once a yr), run a 10K, oh, & world peace) :-)

Deborah said...

Hi Glynnis,
I plan to read the Chronological Bible every day this coming year. I'm so excited and plan to follow Wendy's blog along with yours. I always look forward to hearing from you and have learned so much this past year from you. God is so good. Also, I started journaling my morning prayers this past January and plan to continue to journal this year.

Blessings and Happy New Year!


Anonymous said...

A couple of years ago my New Year's resolution was to lose weight. Two years later, I have kept the 43 pounds I lost off. (The first New Year's resolution that I was ever successful with!) This year, my resolution will include praying forward for my son and his family. He returned this past May from a deployment to Kuwait. This coming September he will be deployed to Bagdad. His third child is due this coming February and I know how difficult it is for his young wife to be a single mom. So, I will pray daily for him and for all the families that are so affected by these awful wars. I can be contacted at collier@frontiernet.net

Bobbie said...

I love your resolution!! My resolutions this year are very clear and very measurable, but not nearly as "God minded". It is to clean the car once a week for the next 52 weeks. By the way.. this is Bobbie (from Judson Baptist Church) looking forward to seeing you soon!!