Here we are already one month into 2018. Sometimes the days pass slowly but the months seem to fly by, don’t they? Now that we are a month in, it seems to safe to talk about our aspirations for 2018 without the pressure of the dreaded new year resolutions hanging over us. Isn’t it funny the older you get the more of your friends will groan and be adamant they are not making resolutions this year. Perhaps, it’s too many years of reaching the end of the year and seeing we have fallen short of our goals. Perhaps it’s that we’ve matured enough to recognize decisions for change or targets we wish to hit shouldn’t be based on a specific calendar date. Perhaps it’s a protest against society telling what we should be doing, na na na boo boo you can’t make me. Yet, no matter how much we object that we aren’t doing ‘IT’ this year, it seems hardwired into us to begin the year with dreams for goals reached and changes made.
The retail industry knows we can’t help ourselves and they are standing there in January ready to support us. The stores are filled with fitness equipment and fun workout wear. The end caps have the latest diet books or “life style” change books just waiting for us to jump on board. There are totes, bins, decorative boxes, and pretty baskets all shapes and sizes awaiting our move to ‘be more organized’. Fresh hangers, drawer dividers and planners calling our names, promising that this will be the year we get it all together. The truth is, it is a beautiful dream and an aspiring goal. So why not aim high?
Aiming high is exactly what I want to do in my life. In fact it’s something I have been working on embracing. Of course, it’s taken me into my late 40’s to learn the secret that keeps me from falling head first into discouragement and defeat. You know what I’m talking about, why set the same goals over and over only to fail, why bother to aim at anything? Seriously, I’m doing all I can to get up and get dressed each day. Want to know the secret? Hopefully it will click for you quicker than it did for me. After all I can tell you, but until you have that light bulb moment . . .
Each day is new! So simple and yet so profound. Every morning is a new beginning. January first isn’t the only fresh start we get in the next 365 days. I never complete everything on my ‘to do’ list, at some point in the day I will eat something I didn’t mean too, like half a chocolate bar I found in the bottom of my purse. Life will intervene and my plan to get on the treadmill will fly out the window. So what, I accomplish what I can, each step puts me closer to the goal. Sometimes God knows it’s more important to cry with a friend, or read with my daughter. I love having goals, I love it even more when I reach them, I love knowing the journey it took for me to arrive.
Want to know another secret . . . I start my ‘to do’ list everyday with ‘get up’ and ‘get dressed’. Hooray, I managed to accomplish something on that list immediately and I feel encouraged. I think it was Kid President who said, people should get high fives for just getting out of bed, he gives the best pep talks. We all have days where we feel completely derailed. When that happens try to remember, it’s just a bad day not a bad life, sounds like something your mom would have said doesn’t it? Mothers are smart people. I hear that sometimes people even have bad days in Australia. (check out Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day) I have those days, oh my do I have those days, I find encouragement in the truth of scripture. Lamentations 3:22-23 says; “The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. ” Great is the Lord’s faithfulness, I know this to be true first hand. In fact I wrote those verses out and stuck them to my fridge so it’s right there in front of me. No matter if I meet my daily, monthly or yearly goal God’s lovingkindness is new every morning. It’s not dependent on what I do or don’t do but on who He is.
Well, I was going to tell you about one of the goals I set for 2018, naturally I got jabbering away and forgot. Next letter, I promise to stay on track, you know fresh start and all that. Tomorrow is another day and it will most certainly contain challenges and accomplishments all of it’s own. It’s an exciting thought isn’t it? Dream big my friend, set your goals for today and go for it. Who knows the goal you set may put you on an unrelated bunny trail and you might find a 10 dollar bill on your dresser. It’s a new day anything can happen and if you don’t wake up with gum in your hair you are already ahead of the game.
P.S. Oh before I go, I already have good news about tomorrow. I won’t eat half a chocolate bar because I already ate it today.