C. S. Lewis wrote, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
I’m not a big fan of making New Year’s Resolutions. Perhaps that is because I don’t always have the best follow-through. I suspect I’m not alone.
But I do like to dream dreams. And sometimes I can even turn some dreams into manageable goals. I suppose the beginning of a new year is a good time to set some goals and dream some dreams.
So I’m thinking, letting thoughts about the new year simmer in my brain. I have some ideas for 2009, some habits I’d like to change, some habits I’d like to develop. I have a few goals for myself and a few for our family. I’ve already started on a few of my goals.
My kitchen is clean, and my goal is to work my tail off to maintain. I know that doesn’t sound like a very big goal, but it will make every day more pleasant for me and my husband. Who knew there was such satisfaction in having clean counters and a sparkly sink? You want to know what has made the biggest difference? Aside from the new dishwasher, that is. Six little slips of paper taped to my counter — “Lauren’s cup,” “Rachel’s cup,” “Caleb’s cup,” and so on down the line. Each night, I load up the day’s cups into the dishwasher and lay out one new cup for each child. And so, all day long each child drinks out of ONE cup. Amazing how one simple idea (that I shamelessly stole from a friend) can make such a huge difference!
Another goal involved giving up a good thing for a better thing — actually what we believe is the best thing for our family now. Our children will not participate in AWANA any more. Instead, we’re using that time for family-time, and rather than managing five different AWANA books and verses, we are memorizing scripture together as a family. We have begun with 1 Corinthians 13. So far, we’ve learned four verses. My goal is for our family to memorize passages of the Bible together, helping each other and learning together.
We have some other family-oriented goals, and I have some personal goals. And I’m dreaming a little — dreaming of things I’d like to learn, things I’d like to experience, things I’d like to accomplish. I’m also dreaming of who I want to be at the end of 2009 — a little less Jennifer, a little more Jesus.
How about you? You’re never too old to set goals and dream dreams. What dreams are you dreaming for 2009?