I decided to start off the new year with a run as that will be what I will be doing the most this year ;). As I began my run tonight, I got a feel for the condition of my legs and started to throw out different numbers for the miles I wanted to run. I felt pretty good so I decided 6-8. I continued on and began to think about this year. I’m not usually a new years resolution type girl but as I was running I began spitting out ambitions right and left. I decided to walk after 4 miles so that I could write my thoughts down.
In 2017 I want to do more…learn more…be more. I want to ask questions so that I can better understand.
I want to know You. I want to see more of You in every place You take me to and in every situation You place me in.
I want to be a better steward. I want to be better with my finances, my time and my words.
I want to be more healthy than I have ever been. I want to eat better, workout smarter and experience new ways to push my body and have new fun.
I want to focus. I want to learn new techniques in all of my talents and find new ways of expression.
I do not want to fear. May I faith more, believe more and trust more.
I want to be more patient. I know this will be one of the hardest ambitions as God always hears my request for this one and is so creative in challenging me to become better in this area.
I’ve dipped my toe into the despair that only death can produce. I want to live each day as if it is my last. I want to hang out with those that mean so much to me as no one is exempt from death’s cold unforgiving grip.
In every decision I make I want to Matthew 22:37-39. Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
I want to live out Saint Francis’ prayer:
“Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.”
I know that I will fall short in every one of these areas and for that I ask for grace. Though all of these ambitions are lofty I want to strive for the best so that I can be the best me.