New year thoughts…

I long ago dispensed with New Year’s resolutions. My success rate was downright depressing, and it seemed that the resolutions were the same each year, and of the most cliché variety – I’m going to lose weight, or workout three times a week and so on. You know the drill. By February even the memory of the resolution was gone. It seemed to be such a meaningless exercise for me.

My current annual tradition is to write out a prayer that reviews the year that was and sets forth my prayers for the year to come. This practice has proven to be fruitful and encouraging; I can look back on my prayer throughout the year or at the end and see how the Lord has answered or transformed it. Ending one year and opening the other with praise and thanksgiving to the Lord for His goodness cannot be beat! However, with all that happened in the last few months, I haven’t taken the time to really focus myself and think through my prayer for 2013. So, I shall spend the last few hours of 2012 doing just that.

One thing I know for sure: This year’s prayer is going to be a bit different from years past. It seems each year I do this, it transforms itself into something different. When I first started I would make lists of specific things I wanted to do or accomplish before the end of the year. And while there will be some of that in this year’s prayer as well, the focus of the prayer will be less on what I’m and doing and more on who I am becoming.

The Word tells us we are predestined to be conformed to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29; cf. Colossians 3:10). As we walk with Christ, our desire is to become more and more like Him. As I think about writing this prayer, I am more desirous of moving closer to the Lord and letting Him shape my heart, for as my heart is renewed and refocused, so will my goals, desires, ambitions and motivations. I must start with who I am and move from there to what I do.

There is one thing I would like to “do” more of in 2013 – write! Prayerfully, I will explore this idea (among other things) on this blog as the year progresses.

I wish you all a very happy and blessed New Year!

Grace and peace…

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