I never did choose a New Year's Resolution for this year. I have set some goals, but I have also made some discoveries. I have discovered that I am a sprinter. Not in the traditional sense of the word, but in the way I get through life.
If there is a crisis, I am all over it:
Irritatingly bright shining light.
Life planner and organizer.
But, in the general scheme of things, being a sprinter doesn't get you very far. Just burnt out.
I never did make a list of ways to better myself this year, because, as a sprinter, that is self-defeating. Instead, I heard about the One Word Resolution on K-LOVE. Choose one word to be the theme for your year. My word is...ENDURANCE.
Dictionary.com defines ENDURANCE as the ability or strength to continue or last, especially despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions. Well, doesn't that just about sum things up!
The problem with being good in a crisis is that when one is done there is usually another waiting around the corner.
ENDURANCE will not just happen. Oddly and thankfully enough, as a Christian, it does not require more willpower. It requires surrender to a way that is better than mine. It requires trusting God to lead, and for me to stay on the path He has set before me. Hebrews 12:1-2 puts it nicely...even tells us how to do it. Click over and take a look.
I have made a few decisions that will require ENDURANCE. The most important is that divorce is not ever going to be an option. (Before the yeah...but's start, let me clarify. Unless my physical safety or that of my children is threatened, which is highly unlikely in my case...my husband is not wired that way.) It will not be a case of "until selfishness and severe irritation do us part." Anything else, and I know that God is big enough to see my through it.
The second is that someone encouraged me to sign up for the Danskin Triathalon in August. It will take more than wishful thinking, it will take ENDURANCE. I have signed up for the YMCA and am working towards my goal.
Then, of course, there is the ENDURANCE required to raise kids. Definitely a process, not an event. And that is enough for this post.