First, can I just say that waking up New Year’s Day with a headache when you weren’t even drinking on New Year’s Eve (or, uh, ever!) just doesn’t seem fair.
Okay, now that that is off my chest, here we go with some resolutions:
1. Rather than feeling inadequate because I am not as thin as some, I will find joy in the fact that I am not as ugly as others.
2. Rather than bemoaning the fact I am not as wealthy as many, I will revel in the fact that I am not as stupid as most.
3. Rather than wishing I had the boobs of Betty Boop, I will just be glad that I don’t have her head.
Right, so obviously those aren’t my real resolutions. My real ones are similar to what they are every year: work on eating healthier and exercising more, be more dedicated in my scripture reading, etc. etc.
I actually do have some solidly outlined plans and something of a program in place to get me where I want to go, and I have a support system in it with me, but I don’t want to bore you with all of the details. I am, however, going to share one idea with you:
A prayer journal.
How many times I have asked people if there was anything I could do to help them and they have said, “Just keep me/us in your prayers.” How many times I have read blogs with people requesting prayers on their behalf or the behalf of others. How many times I have been praying and found myself saying something to the effect of:
And please bless . . . uh . . . all those people who have asked for my prayers. Sorry I can’t seem to remember who they all are at the moment, but, you know, could you touch the hearts of those who are keeping all the kids stuck in Vietnam and . . . uh . . . I know there was somebody who is sick . . . and, shoot, I know there were more but my brain is kinda fried from being yelled at by a three-year-old all day. You know who they are though, so please help them, and let me know if there is any way I can help them. Ummm . . . amen.
So, since I am tired of praying the prayer of LAMENESS, I am going to keep a small journal handy and every time someone asks for prayers, or every time I feel someone may need prayers even if they haven’t asked for them, I am going to WRITE. IT. DOWN. Let’s face it, we make lists beforehand of topics to be covered when we are meeting with such, you know, trivial people as doctors, realtors and adoption agency representatives, so why not make lists before we meet with God? Right? Right.
Now I shall close this post with my favorite New Year’s Resolution quote of all times:
“Goals are stars to steer by, not sticks to beat yourself with.”
—Barbara B. Smith
And George, if you’re out there (and I do know for a fact now that you’re not dead) Happy New Year!