The end of January.

Are you ready for 2012?

I am.

I mean, I had great ideas for 2011. I started the year with 99 goals for the year. Some of them were just a “to-do” list. Some of them were in the “remember to be nice” kind of category. A couple of them were huge.

Now January is done. I look at the list and wonder why some of the things mattered and why it feels like I haven’t made much progress.

You know what I mean?

Sure you do. You had great goals and you got sick. Then the kids got sick. Then you and the kids got sick. And then you got snowed in. And then you said yes to a project that you shouldn’t have. And then Egypt blew up and you have friends there. And then, well, you can fill in what happened next.

We could, I suppose, fast forward to 2012. But it will be just as odd. Because there will still be colds and snow then.

Or we could spend the rest of January reading Psalm 123.

I lift up my eyes to you, to you who sit enthroned in heaven.
As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a female slave look to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the LORD our God, till he shows us his mercy.

Have mercy on us, LORD, have mercy on us,
for we have endured no end of contempt.
We have endured no end of ridicule from the arrogant,
of contempt from the proud.

We sometimes think that all Bible stories end happy. We think that all Bible poems end with a smile. But sometimes they end where months end, looking. And waiting.

But the direction we are looking is what is important.

A video of Psalm 123

4 thoughts on “The end of January.

  1. Matches Malone

    Telling a story, as opposed to storytelling, is an art, and as such the rules are different, unless they’re the same. As always, adjust your expectations accordingly. Thanks for your continued prayer support.

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  2. Rich Dixon

    I’m writing this week about wise words from a pastor friend: STOP TRYING. START TRAINING.

    Trying to be a good disciple means doing stuff, organizing meetings, getting food, managing crowds.

    Training to be a disciple means following, listening. sitting at His feet and soaking up everything.

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