Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Food For Thought in 2012

 I've never been one to make new year resolutions. I just feel that I will either do it or not, regardless of the "New Year". I make resolutions several times a year. Sometimes I follow through, and sometimes I don't.  Sometimes I get distracted.

I had lunch with two friends yesterday, and we discussed this resolution thing. When I got home and checked my email, one of them sent this "devotional" she got from purposedrivenlife.com. I wanted to share it with you, because it really spoke to me.

“So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.” (Philippians 3:15–16 MSG)
Imagine if God created you to be the Michelangelo of this age, but you stayed so busy doing all kinds of things — good things — that you never got around to painting and sculpting.

 You’d end up missing God’s plan and design for your life because you got distracted chasing lesser things.
What a disappointment it would be for God, you, and all the people who would have been blessed if you’d stayed focused on your original purpose!
Today, make a list of things not-to-do in 2012. Fill your list with things you do that don’t match God’s purpose for your life or things you think you have to do but haven’t been told to do by God.
Ask God to clarify the things he wants you to do this year, and then ruthlessly move everything else onto your list of things not-to-do. Then, press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called you (Philippians 3:14).
 And I felt like God had knocked me upside the head.  And I begin to think...

I must decide what's important and what isn't. Then make the decision to do. that. which is important to the best of my ability. And I must not. feel. guilty. for not participating in every thing in the world. 

I must figure out (with God) a daily plan to study and spend time in His word, take care of my body and health, take care of the house and my family, and do. my. crafting/painting/quilting. 

God is the creator of all. We are His image. That makes us creative beings. Yes? What if Michelangelo put off painting the Sistine Chapel to make sure the house was spotless? Or because he was behind in his blog reading? It boggles the mind.


Y said...

WOW! Quite an eye opener!

Hillbilly Tonya said...

Great thought provoking post. Did you read Mark Hamby about a week ago? It really got to me. It was about a young man that was a world famous potter. But he started out by just learning and mastering. Never trying to sell..that just happened in due time. Jerry said "I told you so!" So, I am no longer looking for items that are good/easy to sell. I am just learning and creating while learning. And the biggie--NOT feeling guilty about it because it's kind of like going to school for me ;)