Saturday, January 1, 2011

Resolutely Speaking...

As 2011 begins, like most of the population, I have resolutions. Three, to be exact.

This declaration of  these "vows to myself," is a little scary, and I realize that recording something this important  in a public forum means that I am open to scrutiny, query and accountability--but I've decided to be okay with that--so, here's my list of daily do's...

1.  My Spirit--20 minutes (at least) with Jesus--first and best.
2.  My Body--20 minutes (at least) active--exercise of some sort.
3.  My Mind--20 minutes (at least) learning/studying--something new.

One hour each day of intentional living that is treated as sacred--a no excuse, no loophole kind of legalistic ritualism that usually makes me bristle. Wow.

I imagine that some people reading my little list are laughing because it sounds so simple, so doable. But for me--well--call me Mrs. Undisciplined.  It's sad to admit, it's painful to confess, but I have spent a good deal of time praying for God to reveal the blind spots in my life and He has graciously--clearly--answered my plea, causing me to acknowledge some ugly truths that I'm continuing to pray through and work out (with fear and trembling).

I know that I'm bound to have blind spots yet to be realized, and I also recognize I have miles to go in this journey.  For that reason, my prayer is that 2011 is not merely a "happy new year," but a transformational new year for my spirit, body, and mind. And if I successfully keep these resolutions, it will be.

Romans 12: 1-2 So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. (TM)

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