I've made a discovery about myself this year, something that Wife Whisperer says he's known for 25 years...I'm addicted to Christmas. The decorations, the lights, the tree...the baking and shopping and wrapping...the snow (nonexistent down here in Houston!)...the whole kit 'n kaboodle. Most of all, I love the bright and shining star of the birth of Jesus Christ, presiding over the whole season.
I love it all and I don't want it to end. I dread the day when I must drag out my many boxes and begin putting my beloved ornaments away. This year, some of my family was able to be with us...for the first time in a very long time. Having them here reminds me a little of the film "Christmas Vacation" but, without the chaos and without the bad stuff. I love having them here; love being surrounded by my three men (the young ones can now no longer can be called mini men, they're grown up), my parents and brother. We're crammed into this house but have had such fun eating, laughing and playing games around the kitchen table. This is what makes the holidays.
It's been such a blessing. And now, the new year approaches! This, of course, has caused me to ponder my intentions, dreams and visions for the future. Don't we do this to ourselves every year? Set those new year's resolutions, only to break them in a week?! I've come to realize that, for me, it's best not to declare a resolution. If I don't have a resolution, I don't have an opportunity for failure! But, this year a vision was presented to me (thanks Dave!) that's exactly what I need.
Picture this: a life of security and the pursuit of happiness...isn't that what we all crave? Security, success, travel, fun, career, homes, cars, health, retirement, advancement, wealth, pleasure, popularity and happiness. It's so appealing!
But, here's the real vision: a life in pursuit of something higher. Spiritual maturity, service, sacrifice, loving God, loving our neighbors, a good name, a godly reputation, submission, holiness, faith, hope and joy...all these things our ours for the taking, and so much more fulfilling than what the world tells us to reach for. This is my vision for the new year...coram deo: before the face of God; to live in the presence of God and honor Him. I'm so grateful to you, my readers, for coming back, for your comments and support. Thank you, thank you...here's wishing you a blessed, creative and joyful new year!