I’ve never been big on New Years resolutions. They always seemed counterproductive. People would make them and then break them so quickly. However, I’ve noticed that some of the most successful people (or at least more positive people) are individuals who set goals for themselves. We live in an age of motivational speakers and affirmation creators. Social media, bookshelves, and infomercials are flooded with people who claim they can “fix” you.
I’ve had a difficult 2013 and I’m sure I’m not alone. What happens if what doesn’t “make you stronger” kills your spirit?
I had dinner at my favorite restaurant with my mentor on Sunday. We laughed and she was excited to see my 6 month old (yes I’m one of those parents who bring kids to restaurants!) We talked about ministry, evangelism, and motivation. She was glad I was skating by at work, still singing in choir, and squeezing in time to write. The compliments and praise were pouring in so I was a little stunned when she said :
“So what’s stopping you from really taking it to the next level? Make your book a reality. Establish yourself as a writer. You were published when you were 10! Don’t you want to be more recognized by now? You qualify for the recognition but do you deserve it? You want more money at work but do you get there ontime? Do you dress professionally DAILY? What sets you apart?”
As I picked my ego off the floor, she continued to talk to me about commitment. She talked about being busy with the Creators work and less self involved. She said to think about the people who need a word or a push and not to take my blessings for granted.
Then she challenged me. It was time to make a pact with the Father and with myself. She said she practices fasting from time to time, meditation, no devices for a few hours to remove the voices of others so she can hear the answers to her questions. She tithes regularly to put her money in His “storehouse” and let him decide how to allocate her treasures.
I’ve been thinking all week about the disciplined commitment that’s right for me…
I LOVE sleep. I work hard and I look forward to a soft pillow and a warm comforter at the end of the day. I got lucky because our infant loves sleep just as much as I do. In fact, right now my typing is interrupting her beauty rest and pissing her off.
I’ve decided that no matter how late I go to bed due to work schedule, family obligations, etc…
I’m still going to rise at 8am everyday. No excuses. No rushing. No dodging speeding tickets. More time for writing. More quality time. More time for prayer and reflection.
Its time to take it to the next level.
What commitment do you need to make?