As I’ve stated before, I’m not much on New Year’s resolutions, but I do find it a useful opportunity to reflect on the larger picture of my life, God’s will, and the needs and opportunities that present themselves to me–of course, insofar as I am able to discern them. Fully cognizant of James 4:13-15 and Proverbs 19:20-21, I take occasion to reflect on where and how I want to focus my energies. I usually set out some goals as to what I’d like to accomplish, but normally with a focused awareness on how the goals interconnect with one another and with the whole of my life and responsibilities. A sort of sanctified reflection on the stewardship of all that I’ve been given.
In the past couple of years, I’ve discerned these sorts of reflections orienting around themes. In 2010, I was looking to heal and to grow. That ultimately resulted in focusing on improving my physical health through diet and exercise, and spending time working through some of the emotional healing I was needing, including reflecting deeply on the factors in my life history that had influenced my choices and the outcomes of those choices. Last year, my reflections began to orient around “getting back to basics.” I focused on returning to working on fulfilling my obligation (and desire) to be a writer, on the basics of the spiritual life (prayer, almsgiving, fasting) among other things. Unfortunately, my ideas were larger than my capacities, so at the end of 2011 I found myself unfinished in a few areas.
Which gives rise to this year’s theme: finishing and finishing well. I’m going to continue to keep it simple, and just focus on a few areas. I’d begun to get in shape and lose weight in July 2010. I need to finish that “project” and reduce to my goal weight and accomplish my physical fitness goals (i.e., running a half-marathon). I also need to finish the novel (at least in first draft form) that I’d begun in August and September. There’s my Attic Greek review I need to accomplish as well. But I don’t want to get too starry-eyed. I need to keep this small and focused.
Of course this whole theme of finishing and finishing well is useful for the entire trajectory of one’s life. So I’m sure this is a theme I will revisit often.
May God bless that which is in accordance with his will.