I HAD THREE GOALS FOR THIS WEEK. THEY WERE…
1 Fasting at least twice this week and eating only veggies for lunch at least twice.
2 Get passport applications in the mail.
3 Ride the bike or walk three times this week.
HOW’D I DO?
Goal No. 1 GOOD! I met my goal for fasting this week, choosing to by-pass breakfast three times. I ate only veggies for lunch one day, but the good news is that I ate a grilled chicken salad while others munched on pizza one day. That’s pretty good, right?
Goal No. 2 OKAY. I found that I don’t need my marriage license to get my passport, but I do need my birth certificate. Mr and me have these certificates, but darn if we can find them. No passports yet, so this one goes back on my list for another week. I will get this done!!! I’m determined!
Goal No. 3 YES! I rode my bike this week, but I did not walk outside the house. I need to step it up a lil with this goal. I had three late nights this week, followed by three early bed times. I seriously came in the house, dropped my bags, and went to bed three times. I was pooped. Mr probably wonders if he did something wrong. Nope, I was just trying to get my ZZZs to keep up with daily demands.
THREE TEENY, TINY GOALS FOR NEXT WEEK
Because my goals are good goals at this point, and because I still haven’t gotten our passports, I have decided to go with a do-over for this week. All the goals I had last week, I will again work on this week. Yay!
WHAT I’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT LATELY–MEDITATION AND HOW IT HELPS
I had a session with fretting this week. A 4am session. I know, I know. What IS THAT ABOUT????! The next morning, when I finally pulled myself out of bed I knew I needed to spend some time in prayer and meditation. I did. Out of that came this:
“No man is born either naturally or supernaturally with character, he has to make character. Nor are we born with habits; we have to form habits…”
“Drudgery is the touchstone of character. The great hindrance in spiritual life is that we will look for big things to do. Jesus took a towel…”
Finally, “We say we do not expect God to carry us to heaven on flowery beds of ease, and yet we act as if we did!” — Oswald Chambers
What a wake-up call! This devotional was both appropriate and relevant to this teeny tiny goal setting crusade I’m on! Reading these snippets of the whole passage by Chambers helped me to balance out my angst and let go of some of that over-the-top expectation I have for myself. The reading helped me to see that its okay that I’m not perfect, that my sharing isn’t always polished, and that I don’t have to impress with every interaction I enter into. I know these things, but I also sometimes need to be reminded. The morning after my 4am wake-up I was. It was a new day.
Hallelujah, what a Savior. Jesus is there when I need him, to rescue me from myself. He’s good, all the time!!!
When has drudgery (or doing the same thing over and over again), been the touchstone of your character? Were you born to your habits, or did you have to form them out of your experience, education, and optimism?