This Face with Straining Eyes to See (Looking Ahead to 2011)

By December 31, 2010 culture, faith, language No Comments

Today is the last day of 2010. I’ve already done plenty of assessing about the past twelve months to get closure. I am ready to look ahead and dream a little and put some goals on paper (electronically speaking).

Lots of people dislike New Year’s resolutions. I find them charming. There’s something hopeful about them. They look forward, from “this face with straining eyes to see” (lyrics from “Visions,” one of my all-time favorites by Jennifer Knapp).

Resolutions (or goals? hopes? dreams? not sure what to call my relaxed version of New Year’s resolutions) allow me to dream of what could be, how I might learn and grow and change in the year ahead.

My list is lengthy—I keep coming up with items to add! But the following four goals are the dearest to my heart and should give a good picture of what I am dreaming about for 2011. I also have some fitness goals, some home care goals, even some habits I would like to pick up. I would like to do a service project and be quick to serve others rather than hesitate. I would love to be more intentional about how I spend my time. And . . . and . . . and—see, once I get started, the dreaming doesn’t stop! It is easy to dream; much more difficult to implement.

What about you? Are you casting a vision for the year ahead? Do share! Dreaming is more fun together.

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1) Feed my soul each day.
I always think of the Israelites wandering in the desert. They had food provided for them for forty years, but they had to collect it every morning. I want to make collecting soul manna a daily habit.

Here is an excellent post from The Gospel Coalition on nourishing your soul with the Bread of Life each day. It inspired me to use this book and Bible reading schedule as a help for feeding my soul in the year ahead.

2) Dig new mental ruts.
You know those regular, pesky sort of thoughts that are negative and annoying and not helpful at all? Well, I’ve found the best way to reroute those is to set my mind on liberating truth. When I have meditated on certain passages of God’s Word, new ruts form for my thoughts to get stuck in. These ruts are filled with positive, nourishing, and helpful truths that change my heart and change my experience. I need more of that going on!

I’ll kick the year off right by participating in Ann Kroeker’s Mega Memory Month for January. Romans 5 is where my brain will be camping out. Watch for my progress reports each week. And do join the fun! Check in at MMM HQ for details.

3) Take a monthly morning retreat.
A year or so ago, I started taking a morning retreat once a month so I could sit with Jesus for an extended, unscheduled, relaxed stretch. Somewhere this past fall I lost that habit somehow, so I want to reinstitute it. I’ve missed it. I’ve missed Him.

The first Tuesday of the month is now reserved. I’ll be snuggled on my comfy chair with my Bible, my journal, and some yummy coffee.

4) Regular writing to stretch my creative muscles.
This is a two-parter. First, I’m back for another book club series through High Calling Blogs. Watch for regular discussion posts each Monday (starting the 3rd!) based on the essay compilation titled The Spirit of Food: 34 Writers on Feasting and Fasting Toward God. Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it?! Come by each week and join the discussion. Second, I can’t forget my beloved Which Word Wednesday series. Watch for that starting mid-January.

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