Honestly, I’m not one to really write out New Year’s resolutions. I’m a perpetual goal-writer, so I never found it necessary to draft another to-do list. And perhaps, not writing out resolutions was my way of not feeling guilty when I failed to follow through.
But for 2015, I thought it would be good practice in self-accountability to have some goals written out. Really, my goals can be summarized in one word: GROWTH.
Growth as a Wife
I’ve been married for 11 years, but I know I still have so much to learn about being the wife God wants me to be. I suspect that this coming year will hold many more lessons for me on respecting my husband, effective communication, and loving him both sacrificially and affectionately. But even the most difficult lessons yield the sweetest results.
Growth as a Mom
I have been through a lot of “long days” with my kids but have witnessed the “short years” quickly slipping through my fingers. I blink, and they are no longer my babies. How have I cherished those early years? How will I savor the years to come? Oh, how I want to make the most of the short window of time that I have with my children!
Growth as a Friend
It’s so easy to get inward-focused and to think that I have enough to think about within my own family. But there are other people God has put in my path. Some are on the same journey, and we find ourselves pushing each other and even carrying one another along the way. Some are on a completely different adventure, yet our own “pilgrim’s progress” is taking us to the same destination so that we can still spur one another on.
Growth as a Child of God
I would not be who I am if not for God’s saving grace in redeeming me from my slavery to sin and adopting me into His family. As I grow more in my personal relationship with Christ, I know He will enable me to thrive in all the other roles that He has given me … as a wife, a mom, and a friend.
“… forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14)
Speaking of growth, my kids are obsessed with checking their growth charts. Sometimes, they’ll go through spurts, and they are amazed at how big the gap is from the last mark. Other times, the change will be no more than an eighth of an inch. Yet, even in such a small difference, they are excited for the forward (or upward) progress.
Can we be more like our kids? Striving to grow in the different areas in our lives, rejoicing in both the great leaps and the baby steps, and continuing to move forward no matter the obstacles.