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.
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,