Resolutions have been flying these past couple of days.
At lunch today, some of what we settled on for 2012 is as follows:
Jack: more reading
Candace: earlier rising
Anna Grace: more responsibility
Zeke: better eating
Asher: pooping and peeing in the potty
It's an exciting proposition- the thought of a new year with nothing but blank, fresh days to fill with intentionality and love and great effort.
Looking back, one of my great accomplishments of 2011 was reading through the Bible again with my Kathy. It took us a little longer this time- 90 days became something more like 200- but it was interesting because we always seemed to be right on time.
As we read through Revelation in December, one of the themes that stuck out to me especially for the coming year was the call for patient endurance as in Revelation 14:12.
I make no mistake in remembering that I live a very blessed and privileged life. I am keenly aware of my brothers and sisters in Christ that are living out a far more dangerous reality than me. My endurance looks different than their endurance (at least for now), but nevertheless, if you are living in obedience to the Lord, then there will be some sort of opposition to that and some sort of cost involved that requires endurance. Whether that means giving your time or your money or your heart or your life or your anything else, all of it requires endurance.
When Nehemiah went back to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall, he and his buddies built with one hand and held a weapon in the other (Nehemiah 4:17). The job required a defensive guard and sweaty fortitude as they obeyed the call of God.
I don't know what the year holds for our family- only the Lord knows- but we're wrapping our minds around the persevering defensive and offensive spirit we need to get the job done in 2012.
Happy New Year!
Here's to patient endurance in 2012.