I don’t know what it is about a new year. It just causes you to reflect on the previous year. What you did or didn’t do; the goals you set and realizing maybe they didn’t get accomplished. How many make those new year resolutions and only end up getting defeated a month later?
In 2014, I read much of Charlotte Mason and her thoughts on education. Her motto is: An Education is an Atmosphere, a Discipline, a Life. She speaks about teaching children to have good habits which are like train tracks. Once those tracks are in place thier lives will run on them smoothly like a train traveling a countryside. She lists several habits from: cleanliness to cheerfulness and the habit of attention. Ms. Mason makes sure to emphasize that all these habits are acquired step by step, one habit at a time.
In 2014, I really wanted to get my house in some kind of regular order. I was fine cleaning but I had the hardest time keeping it orderly and neat most of the time. I came across a charming website called: www.flylady.net. Her approach to housekeeping is similar to Ms. Mason’s approach to developing good habits in our kids. You start with baby steps. As the days and weeks pass by next thing you know your house is running “smoothly”.
I am excited and look back at 2014 with a thankful and full heart because God has shown me that baby steps are the way to go. So, rather than overwhelm myself with resolutions I can’t keep; I will take the next small step in the direction I want to go in. I remember when I used to go the gym I would struggle to drag myself out of bed at 5:30 am. I would say to myself just “show up”. Every time I would show up to the gym, I ended up working out 🙂
My hope for this year is developing my ministry in cooking for my family. So far, I just seem to “get by” as far as preparing meals. I want to me more intentional about blessing my family during meal times.
What are those aspirations you have for yourself or your family? I encourage you to take baby steps and you will be amazed to see what growth has occurred in 2015.
For precept must be upon precept,
precept upon precept;
line upon line, line upon line;
here a little, and there a little:
Till next time beloved.