As 2011 draws to its inevitable close, I can’t help but pause to reflect on the past year.
Honestly, it hasn’t been that great a year. I’m rather glad to see the back side of 2011 in the rearview mirror.
But our best growth comes from trials and difficulties. This has been a year that I have learned a lot.
If I could choose one moment from this year to take with me into next year it would be the day my friend Tracy was sitting at my kitchen table. It was the last time I would see Tracy before she gave birth to her fifth baby. We were talking about how there are so many good activities we want our families to participate in and we can’t possibly do everything. Sometimes just taking care of the basics is overwhelming.
Tracy with her 5 sweet girls… She knows a thing or two about what it means to be busy!
“There are so many things we could be doing,” she said. “I guess the key is to know what our husband’s vision for our own family is and do the things that support that vision. Just because somebody else is doing great things with their family doesn’t mean it’s what I should be doing with my family.”
Imagine that. A husband and wife working together on one vision.
God doesn’t ask me to live up to the expectations my neighbors, my friends, my mother or my mother-in-law set. God has a plan for my family which is different from His plan for any other family. He has a plan for your family that is different from His plan for any other family. Our job is to work together as a couple and follow that plan.
Have I made mistakes this year? You bet I have! But God’s mercies are “new every morning.” Every day I get a do-over and January 1st offers extra incentive to start over. To do better.
“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14.
Happy New Year, Friends!