Well, how are you doing on your New Year’s Resolutions? I have been keeping mine. If you remember, I resolved to read my Bible everyday.
It’s a sad fact, but I’d gotten away from reading it in the business of motherhood. Of course, I re-tell my children many of the well-known stories. We read their little children’s Bible and even practice memory verses. Many times, words of Scripture I’d memorized (intentionally or just through hearing it often enough) would come to mind. And occasionally I would open up the old text at home to read or re-read something that came to mind.
But I’ve never committed to daily bible reading. I’ve read devotional books daily and usually get tired of them pretty quickly. At first, I thought this experience would be the same. I’m reading the Daily Bible, an interesting book that breaks down the scriptures into chronological daily readings. So far, I’m still in the Genesis narratives and it fits nicely into that format, but I’m curious as to how the laws of Leviticus and the wise sayings of Proverbs are going to work into that.
I had expected to feel like I was doing something out of discipline, commitment, but so far, it just seems very natural and easy. I’m glad of that. So much better than other things I’ve resolved. Like exercising and accomplishing the maximum possible in each day.
Speaking of resolutions, I heard of a lady who, together with her husband, made an interesting New Year’s Resolution. They resolved to give each other a real hug and a kiss everyday this year. How cool is that! Y’know, not just a have-a-good-day kinda peck, but a real honest to goodness kiss. Every day.
Though they have a good marriage, there’s no doubt this commitment will lead to an improvement. I think it’s wonderful they’ve decided to make that one small change to put their marriage first in their priorities.
I guess that’s really what makes a good resolution. A small change. Not a huge overhaul of your life, but a slight adjustment, a minor activity that, when repeated over and over, makes a significant improvement in your life.
So, how are you doing?
“Great things are doneby a series of small things brought together.” –Vincent Van Gogh “Show me a man who cannot bother to do little things and I’ll show you a man who cannot be trusted to do big things.” — Lawrence Bell “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” — Mother Teresa “Whatever you’re working on, take small bites. The task will not be overwhelming if you can reduce it to its smallest component.”
— Richard Russo, author