Last year I took on the goal of simplifying my life. In some areas I was successful, in others a complete and utter failure. It is a long, slow process, but well worth the effort. The past few months have given me a better handle on the direction in which I should proceed, as well as a more clear plan of action to make it happen. After reading Ann's challenge to name your year, I feel I want to give this year a goal as well; one that continues with the theme of simplifying, as well as listens to the huge blinking signs God has managed to put in front of me on a daily basis this past Advent. I christen this the Year of LESS. LESS commitments, LESS spending, LESS consuming, LESS acquiring, LESS chaos, LESS clutter, LESS distraction from what matters.
It is a hard goal for me. I am a MORE kind of person. I like to go all out. I really LIKE big projects, elaborate parties and garland hung from every banister at Christmas. While I value the beauty and joy of those things, I think I need a year to experience less. In doing so, I hope I am able to experience MORE.
More time with God, MORE awe over His creation,
MORE fun with my children, MORE connecting with my husband, MORE quiet evenings on the porch, MORE books read aloud,
"Behold, the Lord will pass by, and before the Lord, a great and powerful wind will be rending the mountains and shattering the rocks; but the Lord will not be in the wind. After the wind, an earthquake, but the Lord will not be in the earthquake. After the earthquake, there will be a fire, but the Lord will not be in the fire. After the fire, there will be a sound of a gentle breeze, and the Lord will be there."
But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she may help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful; and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. Luke 10:40-42