And this couch …
much too often sits empty …
idle even … of the job it was built to do.
I have been reading Ann’s blog, A Holy Experience, long enough to have seen her name at least two different years. Last year was “The Year of Yes.” It was exciting to know that she was letting go of some fears and making a decision to say “Yes” to things that God brought into her life.
I have given this much thought. While I’m not one for a huge list of New Year’s resolutions (because the bigger the list, the more likely I am to fail in every area). I do, however, like to consider the last year and plan for changes in the next.
And I’ve learned a few things in the past few years that are very important to making changes. One important thing is that it isn’t enough to decide to make a change, you must make a provision for the change to happen. You have to find a way to add the action into your life in a way that it will not be such a hinderance that you will choose not to include it.
It wasn’t enough for me to say I wanted to read my Bible everyday. I had to figure out a way to do it that I could be consistent and even – being a list-maker – be able to SEE that I was being faithful. So, my “15 minutes a day” is working and I now have a book to keep track of what I have read. I made a provision for my new habit.
For years, I have felt a need to have people into our home more often. I have talked about it … and probably blogged about it … but it just hasn’t happened. At one point, I said that I wanted to have visitors over after church AT LEAST one Sunday a month. But, there is A.L.W.A.Y.S some reason that it doesn’t happen.
So, this year, feeling this desire even stronger than ever, will be
a Year of Fellowship.
Like my Victory List, I don’t want to get bogged down in the legalism of “ONE PER WEEK” to the point that there is stress. So, my goal, in fact, to have 52 people/groups into our home this year. And I know that some weeks, we just won’t be able to fit in a visit. This week, I already have plans for two different breakfast visitors. So, I’m on my way! Whoohoo!
I can tell you …
this one will be very, very hard for me.
I’m not really good with fellowship.
I’m always thinking about things I need “to do.”
I’m definitely a Martha, not a Mary.
As much as I want to be “in the moment,”
I’m usually thinking three moments ahead.
I must slow down.
So, I’m going to try.
I’m publicly sharing my goal …
my desire to spend my year in fellowship.
I want to focus on people.
I want to draw them in….
one at a time …
or in small groups.
Have you thought about the new year?
Do you set goals or make new year’s resolutions?
May I ask you a question: What is your theme for the year 2011?
How will you live your life differently
in order to make it more like you would like it
or more like you believe would glorify God?