I have never been a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions. It seems that many, if not most fall by the wayside after the first week or two of the new year. Viewing other people’s new year’s resolutions can offer an insight both into their true feelings of their self (it shows us that many are not as accepting of ourselves as we portray), and it also shows how incredibly self-centered we are.
With that being said, a new year does provide a fresh slate of sorts. While the baggage from the previous year is still with us (both good and bad), we are provided at least with the sense of a fresh, clean slate to live our lives on. I have been thinking quite a bit over the past few days especially on what I want to do better in this new year. While I certainly need to eat healthier and exercise more, those sorts of things did not enter into my mind. I would like to focus on areas of my life that are vastly more important than just my exterior appearance…so here are a few things I want to resolve to do better in 2012:
1) Say “Yes” more.
+To God: I know that God has placed a calling on my life. I don’t have a great grasp on what it is I’m supposed to be “when I grow up,” but I know it is something in full time ministry. I have done a lot of running and justifying the various reasons why I can’t run full force after God’s plan for my life, but my hope and prayer is that 2012 is the year that ends.
+To my kids. I find that I say “No” to my kids a lot more than I say “Yes.” I do not want my kids to look back on their childhood and remember me as constantly telling them no all the time. There are numerous times I find myself reconsidering my decision and letting them do what they ask, but I want my default answer for my kids to be YES! Who cares if they make a mess, make lots of noise, or something similar? I want to be a parent that when my kids are grown I do not have any regrets about not letting them do the things they wanted to do. I’ve been mulling over a blog post on this topic…more on that in later days.
2) Be the person I need to be.
I’ve been involved in a discipleship study and one of the things it emphasizes is being the person you need to be. Most failed relationships are due in part by the person not being the person they should be. When I am not in the place I need to be in Spiritually it affects all of my relationships- most importantly the relationship I have with my wife and kids. This is a multi-faceted resolution in that there are multiple aspects involved in it- however to boil it all down I want my life to look more like Jesus at the end of 2012 then what it does at the end of 2011. I want to be known as someone who is truly living my life for the glory of God…
3) Bring home two little Latvians.
We’ve fallen head over heels in love with our two Latvians and feel strongly that it was no mere coincidence that we hosted them over the winter. There is nothing more we want with them than to add them to the Parker family. We have no clue right now what this process will look like, and will not know anything until after they return to Latvia. Our desire (naturally) would be to bring them home as soon as possible, but we frankly have no idea how long it could take, but the potential is there for it to take two years. More on that to come…
There are so many more things that I would like to do in 2012- Spend less money, sell our house, make better financial decisions, be a better husband/daddy/friend/co-worker, etc but I think that if I can focus on saying Yes to God, and ‘be’ the person I need to be- those other things will work themselves out. And I’ll likely eat better and exercise more too…
Living for His Glory,