We can set goals for New Years, I do feel it's a good thing to practice (especially goals that are not JUST about diet and exercise.), however, when we start “declaring” that this year WILL be better than the previous, we’re more than likely setting ourselves up for some serious disappointment.
Because every year will have:
ups... AND downs,
steps forward... AND back,
celebrations... AND losses,
excitement... AND stress,
successes... AND failures.
Life IS going to happen.
Just like it does day in and day out.
The difference a year can make is huge.
Between the heartbreaking loss of my father in law, to weddings and babies born.
Between getting Wesley’s school IEP set up, the mess that followed and getting it straightened out, to the plan in place that I currently feel is going amazing.
Between several of the worst months my mental health has experienced to date, to some of the best months I’ve had in years.
Every year will have highs... it’s likely that something WILL be accomplished.
But every year will also have lows... Hug your loved ones.
Every year will have stress and hard times... hold onto the hope that some things won’t last forever and the hope that God has a purpose, a plan and is never caught by surprise.
Strive to become a better person,
to help others,
to be contagiously kind,
to grow more in faith,
and to be intentionally present with your family... everyday.
Not just when the new year or a Monday rolls around.
We should not expect our lives to suddenly be easier just because a digit changed.
May we all be willing to look and able to find grace in our lives, everyday.