It's a new year and I have a lot of people asking me what my goals are in 2016.
I have been taking a lot of time to think this through. To think all of last year through. Was I satisfied? Was I content when looking back?
What would I do differently?
What would truly make 2016 different this year?
The plain truth is that I don't want to live life through a bunch of deadlines written in my calendar.
And I don't have to.
And neither do you.
There are so many voices out there telling us we need to do this and that. The next project. The next event. The next activity. The next ______.
But we don't need those voices. These voices make most of us crash and burn.
We only need REST.
"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
Matthew 11. 28
I am not sure where we started to think of "busy" as important or even more noble. Being "busy" can be a huge handicap to the point where your mind is racing and you can't even focus enough on a simple thought because your mind is swimming and drowning in overwhelm.
And so I turn to that rest.
And fully embrace it this year.
My husband has made it possible for me to have the flexibility of choosing my schedule and I want to make sure I am taking advantage of precious time for me and my family.
Not squandering it.
We don't have to keep reaching for the next thing, because sometimes the results of the next things turn up fruitless and empty. They are deceiving and not what we think that they are. And the time we spent on them are forever lost.
Instead, I am reaching for the best things. The things that count. The things that will be gone in a blink of an eye if I don't take the time to notice them today.
What is striving and what is success?
Don't let someone else define that for you.
Don't play victim to someone else's desire.
Live your life.
Not someone else's idea of "success".
"...in quietness and in trust shall be your strength." Isaiah 30:15
Take the time to look into the face of your child.
And to breathe and exhale.
To linger and watch the sun rise.
To rest and love on your family.
Enjoying the simple...
because that is where the true richness of life comes from.
What are your plans for 2016?