Tuesday, January 1, 2013


It's that time again.

Time to make all kinds of promises to myself that I know I am not going to be able to keep.

Let's see:  go through the One Year Bible, track my food every day, exercise at least 30 minutes a day, keep the house clean, do my taxes before the end of January, be kinder and gentler.  As much as I want to do these things, I know there will be days I miss the mark. 

So this year, I decided to make a different kind of resolution:  I am RESOLVED to learn to like the things in my life that I am supposed to do anyway!

For example, I love having a clean house, but I don't love cleaning it.  If I could learn to at least like doing those little househouse chores that I find so annoying (and a clean cat box would make everybody happier) then wouldn't my life in general be more enjoyable?  And if I can't find a way to really like poop scooping then maybe, at least, I can scoop with my thoughts on the happy outcome of a temporarily fresh kitty box.

I want to learn to love how great I feel after a brisk morning walk.  And to focus on that feeling of satisfaction at the end of the day when I've stayed within my points limit.  I want to relish and look forward to twenty minutes each morning reading the Bible, which will put me in a good frame of mind for the whole day. 

There's such a tension between what we want to do and what we ought to do.  But if I want to do what I should, then life would be beautiful indeed.


1 comment:

  1. Ha! Hard not to quote Paul on that thought... Romans 7:15

    "I do not understand what I do.
    For what I want to do, I do not do,
    but what I hate, I do."

    An age old struggle. Our sermon was great yesterday. It was about "kairos" time and "chronos" time. Chronos time is just sitting around in a void, waiting for something to happen. Kairos time is seeing God is every moment, experiencing joy no matter what's going on--even cleaning the cat box! I'm not sure if I explained that right, but it reminds me of what you're saying.

    I hope you're feeling a little better today. Nice to see you posting again!

    Love you and Happy New Year!
    Your sister


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