Will 2014 be better than 2013? Well, I guess that totally depends. Am I going to do something DIFFERENT this year? Because if I don’t, it will be just the same (or worse) than last year. I have many goals for this year that will never be accomplished if I keep doing what I’m doing. This year I did something different to keep me more focused. I created a Dream Board to constantly have my goals in front of me.
On top of that, I have learned two lessons that I intend to put into action this year. Two lessons that will make a big change in the way this year progresses.
1. Wherever you are, be ALL there.
I am a homeschooling mom of three active boys. I am running a business and a blog. I have a husband with a disability. These can be such burdens when I think about them all at once and try to accomplish/carry them all at once. My mind and heart are constantly being pulled in multiple directions. It’s too much! All at once anyway…
But by God’s immeasurable grace, this year I will make it my purpose and plan to FULLY be where I am at each moment. No thinking about a business task during family time. They deserve my full attention when it’s THEIR time and I WILL give it to them. And on the other side of that, I will carve out specific time for my home business and this blog and be intentional in my work.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:33-34
2. Relationship over Ego.
We ALL make mistakes. Each and every one of us, messes up and usually we don’t learn our lesson the first, second or hundredth time. Thankfully, God is loving, forgiving and patient! And we ought to be as well. If we had to be perfect in order for God to love us, then none of us would know His love.
It is a very difficult thing to admit we are wrong. Sometimes we may not even realize that we are wrong. I pray that this year we would have soft and teachable hearts. I pray that we would be willing to take a step back and re-evaluate the situation when conflicts arise in our homes, in our workplaces, in our churches. Is being right or keeping the relationship of more value to you? It may be God speaking into your heart about a change that needs to happen. Or it may just be time to agree to disagree.
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18
What are your goals for the New Year? Blessings to you! ~Kelly