As I always try to do the first week or so of January, I’ve been praying a lot about my year. I’ve evaluated last year, rejoicing in the things that worked and critiquing the things that didn’t. What do I want to repeat in 2012? What do I want to avoid like the plague in 2012? I’m always hardest on myself. My planning partners are much kinder. So let me share two things I’ve come away with as I’ve planned this year. Both of these are thanks to my friend, Sandy Brannon of Establish Intention  who keeps me honest with myself.

The first is celebration. I don’t do it enough. Sandy’s Challenge of Jan. 4, 2012  is to celebrate God and what He’s doing in our lives. I confess that I tend to be thankful, but then move right on to the next thing. I don’t really CELEBRATE the good things in my life or the God who gives them. I don’t stop. I just offer thanks and move on. This year, I want to be more intentional about celebrating. I want to share more glory stories and God sightings. I want to feel the delight of a child when a plan comes together. I want to giggle more and dance more and squeal more.

The second is to ask of any opportunity, “What’s in it for God?” The answer to that may be very different from my usual “What’s in it for me?” or “How will this further my goals?” Since my work is essentially all ministry, it’s easy to assume that everything I do will and must glorify Him. But does it? And what of the “interruptions” that have become a very large part of my life? Coordinating the medical care for my 90-year-old mom and disabled sister? Assisting my husband who has Parkinson’s Disease? Having lunch with a friend? Serving as a patient advocate for the Parkinson’s Institute? None of those further the goals of Mighty Oak Ministries, but do they further the goals of God? I’m stopping to ask myself that question these days. And committing myself to look at everything I do through His eyes.

How about you?
Are you celebrating God today?
Are you asking, “What’s in it for God?”


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2 Comments so far

  1. Lesley on January 11, 2012 1:24 pm

    Thank you for this great message! I hope to ask your question often this year as life speeds up and so much “appears” so very urgent.
    Also- Here is to celebrating more!! : )

  2. Kayla Benson nubuk on January 27, 2012 6:56 am

    I found it really ironic that I would rediscover your blog and two days later read this very similar story.

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