I’ve been looking back through my #366Days challenge and read with interest my posts about the start of 2016. They were filled with goals and visions and optimism for a new year, common to many of us at this time.
I had writing goals and wellness goals and promised a commitment to spending more time with my family and trying to be kinder to myself. I didn’t keep all of the promises or hit all of the marks I had mapped out in my mind, but looking back in these waning moments of this year I see lots of good that has passed, countless blessings and kindnesses, lots of progress and my fair share of just plain slogging through.
This is the stuff of life, I think. And some might be tempted to say that ours is but to keep on keeping on.
But the optimistic part of my heart doesn’t look merely back toward the year receding like waves returning to the dark sea. My mind’s eye turns also to the dawn breaking on the horizon above fresh waves, days that will come with sparkling new mercies from God and with grace and strength to see us through.
On my good days, my calorie counting app tells me I can reach my goal weight in this coming year if I do the work. My heart tells me there are writing projects and opportunities for me if I am brave enough and strong enough to do the work.
If. I. Do. The. Work.
For the past couple of years, I’ve chosen a word that served as a sort of theme for my year. There was Emerge. Then Believe. This year, though it’s more than one word, I am choosing So She Did.
I love that Internet quote–have even saved it as the wallpaper on my phone: She believed she could so she did.
Time will tell how that theme unfolds, and I will be quick to add that I don’t believe I can do anything in my own strength but that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me and, as the song says, with a little help from my friends (and family).
Here’s to a year of doing the things I find to do and of honoring God with the living of these new days.
Happy 2017, friends. May God bless us every one.