Why yes, of course, I missed you. Did you miss me? Taking the last week of the year to spend solely with my family just seemed like the right thing to do. I’m glad I did. But, I did miss talkin’ to y’all.
There are plenty of photos from this season I could post, but this one is my favorite. It’s Anna Takle, day one, at my parents’ house, in search of gifts that read her name. One day, I’m going to miss little bodies under a Christmas tree, shaking their presents with smiles planted across their face. It really is the most wonderful time of the year.
But, I’d like to experience many wonderful times of this new year. I heard my dad recently share on how many of us make New Year’s resolutions to work out, eat less – even though, it profits us little. However, resolving to pursue Christ above all else, love Him with all our heart, soul, and mind profits us much. I’m letting that be my New Year’s resolution.
So often, we focus on things that bother us. We let those things take up more space than our love for God. How wrong is that? A couple of days ago, Mark Batterson posted this on Twitter:
“quit criticizing and start creating. don’t focus on what’s wrong. do something right. don’t make noise. make a difference.”
Wow. That’s what it’s all about. The only way we are ever going to get to that point is to stop being so dang negative and start loving God. Really loving God. And, pursuing Him as relentlessly as Anna pursued her gifts.
I bet we might just discover a few gifts, too.
That’s my resolution.