Three good ways to start 2015:
1. good prayer
This is a good one from Tim Challies. (Thank you, Jack Chaney).
2. good perspective
"...So please join me in not starting a diet January 1st.
It's really okay, though, to have (or pray for) an awakening around your body. It's okay to stop hitting the snooze button, and to pay attention to what makes you feel great about yourself, one meal at a time. Horribly, it's yet another inside job. If you are not okay with yourself at 185, you will not be okay at 150, or even 135. The self-respect and peace of mind you long for is not out there. It's within. I hate that. I resent that more than I can say. But it's true.
Maybe some of us can try to eat a bit less, and walk a bit more, and make sure to wear pants that do not hurt our thighs or our feelings. Drinking more water is the solution to all problems.
I'll leave you with this: I've helped some of the sturdier women at my church get healthy, by suggesting they prepare each meal as if they had asked our beloved pastor to lunch or dinner. They wouldn't say, "Here Pastor--let's eat standing up in the kitchen. This tube of barbecue Pringles is all for you. i have my own" And then stand there gobbling from their own tubular container. No, they'd get out pretty dishes, and arrange wonderful foods on the plates, and set one plate before Veronica at the table, a plate filled with love, pride and connection. That's what we have longed for, our whole lives, and get to create, now, or or on the 1st. Wow! And God bless you all real good, as my pastor always says." Ann Lamott
3. good, transformative reading
Although 2014 was not that great of a year for me and I'm kind of happy to see it go, 2014 was a really good year for me in the reading department. I read a lot of good stuff. I feel like Shauna Niequest and I are good friends by now for sure.
I'm starting 2015 with Matt Papa's Look and Live (another stellar recommendation by Jack). I've only read the forward and introduction and wow... I'm anticipating this read like the start of a really nutritious and delicious meal. Can't wait.
And maybe I'll get my hands on author Kayla Rupp's newest novel this year. Hope so!
4. good music
Even as I type, Jack and I are at the table with the record player spinning Real Estate's "Atlas." We've enjoyed a lot of spinning of the records this year and some of our favorites have been Band of Horses' live album (may be my favorite), Bon Iver, Ben Howard, Apache Relay, Vampire Weekend, and we had a soul-ful Christmas with Booker T and the MG's "In the Christmas Spirit."
So here's to a prayerful, perspective-filled, thoughtful, melodic 2015.
I'm ready and grateful for the new start.