Did you ever dream you get somewhere unprepared? Maybe you go to school and realize you’re still in your pajamas. Or you find out there’s a test and you forgot to study.
Being unprepared is scary. It presses that “I’m dumb” button inside us.
And yet, we all feel that way at one time or another. We think everyone else has it all together. Maybe they don’t.
A new year
We just started a new year. Ready or not the giant ball in New York floated down. It’s here.
People have begun making their lists of goals or resolutions. Brave souls share them. Others join groups for accountability.
Having goals or resolutions is fine as long as we don’t overdo it. Then nothing is accomplished.
I have a few areas I want to focus on. My health, both physical and spiritual, and using my gifts.
For my health, I have discovered the benefits of walking. I feel better when I walk. A couple of weeks ago I started walking regularly again.
Since I’m not a fan of falling on ice, or winter, I walk indoors. Using a walking DVD I walk anywhere from 3-5 miles.
Drinking water is another healthy habit I want to incorporate. Why? Basically because I don’t drink water. And I’ve yet to find anyone who thinks that’s a good idea.
Reading the Bible
I’ve also decided I want to read the Bible every day. While I’ve been a regular reader of devotions and use scripture for reference, that’s not enough. I want to take God’s love letter out and read it for myself. There’s a big difference. So today I started a one year reading plan. Check.
As far as using my gifts, I took a challenge and am writing at least 500 words a day. This will be for 31 days. Writing is like breathing to me, so I don’t think this will be difficult.
We don’t wake up January 1st thinking, Hey, I’ve got to come up with some resolutions. We’ve started thinking about this long before we bought confetti for New Year’s Eve.
We know what needs to be done, we just need to do it. Tweet this.
I am a token-reinforcement person. I like charting accomplishments. And I do it in one of the most sophisticated ways. Well, not really.
I like stickers. And I especially like putting them on charts so I can visually see my progress. So many times I have done something mainly because I didn’t want to have a blank spot on my chart.
Let’s see, I could have one sticker for drinking water for the day. Maybe a picture of a little glass. I could have stars for reaching my Bible reading quota. And maybe another when I complete my daily writing.
Then I’ll need another sticker for walking. That’s a lot of stickers.
With all this self-analysis I’ve recognized another area I need to grow. My ability to stretch.
No, I’m not talking about exercise here. I’m talking about my resistance to change.
I’m one of those people who sits in approximately the same spot in church, every week. I eat a lot of the same foods over and over, and basically, I shop in the same stores.
Sometimes my lack of variety gets to me.
So, in view of that, I’m going to embrace my resistance and learn how to incorporate change into my life.
Why not add a little variety?
Maybe instead of star stickers, I’ll get smiley faces.