Remember Saved by the Bell?
I always envied how Zach could just freeze time whenever he needed to…if something was going wrong, or if he needed to think about something, or if he needed to change something happening at Bayside. 😉
Wouldn’t that be awesome?
I think that would be my superpower if I had one…I could be…Time Freeze Girl.
But seriously…it would be quite a tool. Sadly, I don’t have that ability. I can’t freeze or even slow time. It keeps going. And even seems to speed up as I get older.
Nevertheless, on the brink of a new year, I like to imagine I can hit the freeze button…even if just for a second…and step out of my life and look at it from a different perspective. And I ask myself, do I like what I see?
I love how Amy Lynn Andrews puts it in her book “Tell Your Time: How To Manage Your Schedule So You Can Live Free”:
…it’s not enough to simply ask yourself what things you’d like to accomplish next week, next year, or in ten years (although those are certainly important.) Instead, ask yourself what kind of person you want to be. Where do you want to make a difference? How do you want to be known and remembered? What kind of legacy do you want to leave? The answers to these questions reveal true priorities.”
Those questions are very helpful to me…you see the New Year stands before me each year, empty…clean…uncluttered…new…
All adjectives I really love. Sigh.
And I know like many people, all these fresh new ideas and resolutions come flooding in…I will exercise this year, I will read books this year, I will eat healthy this year, I will write more this year, I will organize my entire house this year, I will sort through all my photos and put them in an album this year, I will return books to the Library on time this year…and the list goes on and on…
Notice all the “do’s”?
Not really any “be’s”…
So here’s a little thought for you…a challenge of sorts….today when the “to do’s” start flooding in and the list of resolves for the new year grows long and quite unrealistic…maybe crumple up that list and start a new one. A list of “to be’s” for 2013. And let me just give you a heads up. If I’ve learned any one thing in 2012, it is that I can’t do ANYTHING on my own. It is only through dwelling, resting, abiding with God that I can do and be what HE wants.
Be a seeker.
Be a worshipper.
And then, when you have your priorities…go ahead and fill in a few “to do’s” that line up with your “to be’s.” That list of resolutions may not get your junk drawer in the kitchen cleaned out but it just might leave a powerful legacy lasting years and years from now.
So…What “to be’s” are on the top of your list for 2013? Are you bold enough to share?
Singing His Grace,
You may also enjoy last year’s New Year’s Post….