I am not big on resolutions. In the past I have made some, but halfway through the year I forget about them or just lapse into old ways of doing things, and then I feel guilty for failing. Instead, I try to make what I call "life changes." These are things that help me look and move forward to grow in healthy ways throughout my life. If I fail at a life change, I don;'t feel as guilty, but rather I look at why or how I failed and then move forward with a new plan.
Over the past few weeks I have started working one a few goals for changes in my life. I started exercising again (with the birth of Scarlett I faltered on that one, but am back in the saddle now). I have adapted my devotional life, in order to try new things and expand my spiritual life. And I have started looking long range for both myself and the church. It is fun and exciting to see all the possibilities that are out there.
So today I am focusing on moving forward - on ways I can open my ears and hear where God is calling me to go and what he is calling me to do. The struggle I have with this is trying to quite my mind and actually listen. If you are at all like me, then you know that it is tough at times to block out all those ideas that are floating around in your head. With the busy-ness of life, times of silence and listening are rare. But when I get those moments, when I have that time, God's voice seems to ring in my ears. The key is slowing down and actually listening to what God has to say.
This morning as I was reading through a devotional by C.S. Lewis, I was reminded that all the rules we read throughout Scriptures are guides to direct us back to the ultimate point of Scripture - God and his relationship with us. They are in place so that we can live healthier lives and grow in our relationships with all people and with God.
So today, may we be able to slow down and hear God speaking to us. May our ears be opened to the relationship God desires to have with us. And may we experience the love of God each and every day of our lives.