Several years ago I began a New Year’s MORE and LESS practice. A look back at the year just ending and forward to the year ahead—in conversation with God.
What were some attitudes/actions/activities that characterized my life this past year? Which would I like to see LESS of, and what would I like to see MORE of? Gratefully, I have seen change in most of these arenas. Yet my list remains remarkably the same, adding or subtracting only a few each year.
I do set a few specific, measurable goals, as the life coaches say I should. Those goals will often come out of these heart desires. I know it is impossible to see significant change in so many areas. These MORE and LESS statements, thus, really reflect the ongoing work I hope God keeps doing in me. And they embody my commitment to cooperate with Him. (more…)
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It’s time for change. The old year ends, a new year begins. We reflect on the past 365 days—highlights and lowlights, choices made, dreams pursued or lost, rejoicing or regrets. And we ponder the coming year: expectations, resolutions, hopes, dreams.
I wrote this a couple of years ago—about an ending and a beginning. As I reread it, it was a good reminder about the pain and hope in ending one chapter and beginning a new one. May it help you as you prepare to say good-bye to 2012 and good morning to 2013.
Finishing a good book is bittersweet for me. I love being in the story, knowing the people, being a part of the action. But when I turn the last page, I feel sad. It’s over. My life will go on, but those brief relationships will end.
Yesterday was such a bittersweet day. (more…)
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