So as the year is coming to an end, is anyone making any resolutions?
I was thinking about the whole New Year’s Resolution thing earlier today and wondering how many people actually stick to them? I mean we all want to eat healthier, get more exercise, be more organized, have a more consistent quiet time with God. But am I the only one that feels an immense amount of pressure to succeed when I begin to think about it? I can't help but wonder if this is really how God intended for us to live?
I am not saying that there is anything wrong with having goals and wanting to succeed, but I know that sometimes (ok a lot of times… let's be honest) we strive to do things in our own strength. We look at Proverbs 31 and think we are gonna do it!! Our house is gonna be spotless, we are gonna exercise every morning, eat healthy, and of course spend time with God, feed the homeless, never raise our voices, and always speak kindly to our husband and children.. Then they of course will rise up, sing us praises, and call us blessed.
But, what about when we eat that burger and fries and sleep in instead of exercising or spending time with God?? When everyone gets up on the wrong side of the bed and crankiness abounds and the sink is full of dishes and the laundry is threatening to take over the house, and no praises are in sight.. just a tantrum or 3, then what? Do we get upset with ourselves and have a pity party or realize that the grace of God abounds and that we can not do anything apart from God?
Let's all remember this January that the most important thing we can do is be a woman who fears the Lord, and He will do a work in us that we could not have imagined if it had been told to us. (Corinthians 2:9) We will reflect the beauty of Christ when we spend time with Him in prayer and in His word. I love how Kelly Harbaugh, the author and creator of the Tabitha's Team website encourages us to look at Proverbs 31 in a whole new light...
"We say, 'If you can do all of the things on this list, you will have become a wife of noble character.' If that wasn’t enough, we add a whole list of other requirements that we assume are included. After all, she is superwoman; If she works so hard, her house must be spotless and her family must be angelic. I’ve got an idea. Let’s not try to add to God’s word and make it better. I think he did a good job the first time.
Following is a list of the 10 verses not found in Proverbs 31:
1. Her coffee table never has dust on it.
2. Many have eaten off her kitchen floor.
3. Better Homes and Gardens just did a photo shoot in her living room.
4. She does all of the housework herself while the kids play Wii.
5. All of the words that flow from her children’s mouths are blessed.
6. All of her children are straight A students, musical geniuses, and all-star athletes.
7. Her hair is always fixed perfectly and her make-up is artfully applied.
8. She does not touch make-up or hairspray because it is vain and the art of Satan.
9. She never makes a bad decision.
10. She is classroom mom, PTO President, the bearer of orange slices at soccer games, and the church committee queen.
It sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? But you know that you have added at least a few of these things on your list. Remember Martha and Mary? Which one do you think had a list like this in her pocket? Drop the scrub brush and grab a Bible. Sit at Jesus’ feet and become a disciple. Let him give you his character, and you will have the one thing needed to carry out everything else."
So ladies, join me in 2011 as we Delight ourselves in the Lord and see what He does!
Have a blessed New Year, Tobi