I am feeling incredibly grateful this last week for the warm(ish) weather we have been blessed with. In the midst of another Montana winter, this “warm spell” has been a great gift to my Arizona born family. As we have spent every possible second outside, the boy’s thoughts have turned to the “fun” to be had once the warmer weather returns. One of our last afternoons in the fall we spent flying kites. The boys are new to the art of flying kites, so the first 30 minutes ago was a lot of trial and error. With the help of their papa and their dad (I was 9+ months pregnant) they learned how to position their bodies in respect to the wind, how to provide enough slack that the kite would gain altitude but not to much that it would escape from the wind. They learned how to get it back up in the air after it plummeted to the ground and how to give and take the string in and out to help the kite stay up. Perhaps the first and most important skill they learned was to not let go of the string.
Last week we started a sermon series on a handful of the prophets. Often as we recollect the Old Testament scriptures we think of prophets as the “crazy” ones who preached extravagant change and destructive consequences. In a way that is an accurate portrayal, they often when to extraordinary measures to get their audience to listen. Yet the role of prophet was much simpler (and perhaps at the same time more complex) than being “crazy” for God. The prophets were individuals who heard God’s voice in their lives. Often they ignored that voice initially, or didn’t recognize it as God’s voice, but eventually they listened, responded, and acted.
“The time is ripe for looking back over the day, the week, the year, and trying to figure out where we have come from and where we are going to, for sifting through the things we have done and the things we have left undone for a clue to who we are and who, for better or worse, we are becoming.”~Frederick Buechner from Secrets in the Dark
Who do you want to become in 2015? That is what New Year’s Resolutions are all about, isn’t it? In 2015 we want to uncover the stress free version of ourselves, the healthier version of ourselves, the more spiritual version of ourselves… So who do you want to become in the year ahead?
Sometimes when formulating resolutions we think of the changes we want to see, but don’t spend time on the vision for how it is that we will get there. Any resolution cannot be realized without commitment and dedication to living into it. Think back to the end of 2013- how have you changed, for the better or the worse, over the last 12 months? Are you happy with who you have become? Do you think God is well pleased?
None of us want to be stagnant, yet without commitment and vision it is so easy to get stuck. We all what growth in someway or another, but true growth is difficult without intention and dedication. So looking into the year on the horizon, what path do you want to follow? Every day will will take another steps (really many steps) on your path to becoming a new you. Will those steps lead you to a closer relationship with God? Will they lead you to a healthier life? Will they lead you to a sense of peace and joy? Choose today to make a commitment to “you” you want to be at the end of 2015 and begin taking steps this very moment to realize your vision. May your daily steps bring you closer to God and closer to the abundant life that God promises. Happy New Year!
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