Where does the time go?
Up here in Alaska, the summer season is a big deal. After the snow melts we have just a few short months to get all of our construction projects done and to start preparations for the next upcoming winter. In the land of the midnight sun, it can feel like you have all the time in the world but really half the year has already passed us by.
If you made New Year's Resolutions this year have you stuck to them? Or did you get swept up in the comings and goings of life?
The thing is year after year we make these goals and never follow through, leaving ourselves feeling dejected and disappointed.
Awhile back I made a New Year's Resolution to never make New Year's Resolutions ever again. However, I do make goals throughout the year as needed. There is an ever-growing and changing list on the fridge of summer projects, at-home repairs, and goals for the church.
The idea isn't to achieve perfection by December 31st or to only have the motivation to start new or start fresh on January 1st. The goal is simply progress. That list on the fridge will never go away. There will always be something new that needs to be fixed or a new event to plan but the list does get crossed off. We do flowers for Valentines, then plan an Easter Egg hunt, then its summer kids events, and so on and so on. Neverending lists of tasks and goals. Progress!
It isn't about how far you made it from day 1 to now. The question is did you dare step forward? If you haven't made progress on the goals you made on New Years'. Try again today, and if you mess it up start over, again and again.
This year looks different for everyone because this world looks different than it did last year so maybe your plans need to look different too. If you are struggling to keep up with a goal ask yourself why you want this goal in the first place. If you need a scale by which to measure the worth of a goal I recommend Philippians 4:4-9 (NIV)
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you."
Does your goal bring praise to God...or you?
Have you given this dream to God?
Is it true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy?
Will it help you make progress towards the ultimate goal of bringing you closer to God?
This can apply to little things like fixing a leaky faucet (to show honor to your spouse in respecting your home) or big things like going back to college (striving to learn more to better yourself and the world around you).
Remember perspective matters so who's perspective are you using?