My 2018 "should I be committed" list...
I'm a list maker, and I especially love to make lists for new beginnings. When a new year starts on a Monday it's so perfect! I've made my goals for 2018 and now, because I need the accountability, I've made checklists for everything. Daily, weekly, monthly, and for the year. They're all on a nicely color-coded check-sheet that I will review most every day - at least weekly.
There's something very satisfying about crossing something off a list, so much so that I've often added something I've already completed just so I can mark through it. Now I find myself doing some things not because I need to do them, but because I want to be able to check the box. It's not the best motivation but I'm hoping it will be the foundation for establishing new and better habits. In other words, I'm going to fake it 'til I make it.
When I look at my list of goals for this year, well, it's a lot. I'll be pushing myself out of my comfort zone for some things, and simply pushing myself in others. There's a lazy soul in me that wants to throw away all of the lists and just coast for a while, but I find there's a bigger part of me that wants to get to the end of 2018 and look back on a lot of checked-off boxes that represent a commitment to accomplishing things that matter to me.
My memory verse for this week (one of my commitments) is Philippeans 3:13b-14:
Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the
goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
At the end of the day I want to know that the things I make time for are those things for which God has given me some talent, the things that will bring him glory. I will try to do them with excellence, and with a teachable, grateful heart. I will try to use the gifts he's given me, no matter how small, and trust him to bring good things from my efforts.
So for 2018...
and press on!