I started 2015 with a theme Scripture and a list of goals for the year:
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come.” 2 Cor. 5:17
- Go to Jazzercise four times a week.
- Do 50 new things by the end of the year.
- Seek a new area of ministry now that I’m no longer on a church board.
- Be more intentional and meditative in my quiet time.
The “50 new things” idea came from a conversation with my oncologist during a follow-up appointment near the end of 2014. Dr. S. had been doing it, saying it was a breath of fresh air in his routine and perspective on life in general. So I set out trying to keep track of all the new things I did for the year — new experiences, foods, whatever.
I didn’t expect the flood of newness that has come into my life in the past seven months. There’s been a new approach to eating and weight loss … a wedding … a plan to take better care of the house … a more consistent approach to my daily time in God’s word. I want to share what I'm learning on the blog, encourage a reader or two, and learn more from you.
At almost age 59, I think I have at least some parts of my act together. The year has been about more than a new restaurant, recipe, movie, book, tourist attraction, etc. It has been about creating new habits, healthier habits. It’s about turning off the screens earlier (still working on that one!), being content with what God has given me, and turning to God’s word in the morning before I turn to Facebook or e-mail.
Even now, I’m still a work in progress. God is still making all things new. In me.
What about you? Did you set goals or make resolutions for 2015? Are you making progress toward reaching your goals?