Saturday, December 29, 2012

'Another closing year draws nigh' — To set goals or 'Just Hang in There'?

I'm a planner. I like to have goals. But this year was... well, rough. I only succeeded with one of my three goals for 2012. That one was awesome! I found my mysterious great-great-grandfather, through the grace of God and stubborn persistence.

Sometimes things feel out of control, especially when they involve other people, or the economy, or health. I'm inspired by this 1878 journal entry wherein a young man reflects on his rough year. He concludes that we learn valuable lessons, and that "all things work together for good for those who love God...." Rom. 8:28
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I'm excited about 2013. I know the coming year will be better! However, with big changes (including cuts) in my part-time jobs during the next two months, I feel like things are too beyond my control to set any big plans. I know Who's in charge, though, and I need to hand things over to Him.

North Carolina Yearly Meeting (my denomination's state-wide organization) is calling for 21 days of fasting and prayer (a downloadable pdf guide is on the right side of their page) to start in mid-January. Now, for somebody who's marginally hypoglycemic, fasting is not my favourite thing. I'm still pondering the no-food part. Yet it's a great opportunity to set aside some time with God, with encouragement from other participants. At the very least, I'm going to give up some internet time. When I traveled to Mexico earlier this month, I went completely unplugged for a long weekend. I came back with more focus (brainpower) than I've had in a long time.

Meanwhile, my short-term goals involve writing and maintenance. Writing, as in plugging away at my historical, genealogy-based novel, and maybe throwing in some nonfiction work to boost my sense of accomplishment. Maintenance, as in calling repairmen and setting doctor's appointments. And calling friends I haven't talked to in a while. Being a better steward of the blessings I have.

How about you? Are you setting goals for 2013?


Khara House said...

I'm not so much setting goals as setting hopes. I'm hoping for a new job. I'm hoping for some more success in my writing life. I'm hoping for new things. I prefer setting myself up for hopes rather than risking with resolutions. I consider my hopes "subtle goals"--it's all things I want (and need) to achieve with the room to accept that if it doesn't happen it's still okay :)

Elizabeth Saunders said...

I like that, Khara. I hear a lot of friends say they hope this year will be better than last year. That's my hope, and for you, too.