“But as for me, I will always have hope, I will praise you more and more. My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure.” Psalm 71: 14-15
What will be the measure of 2011? What joys and challenges await? What sorrow and anger? What frustration and stubbornness? When the days of 2011 are counted and I am again taking down a brittle Christmas tree dropping stiff needles, what measure will I give it?
Of course, I know not its measure. Just like the outpouring of love I have experienced from God in my life, I cannot measure it. I find it hard to put a quantity or a limit on God’s mercy and salvation. You can’t do it—the psalmist was right. There is no measure to his infinite love.
My goal for 2011 would be to make much of God. To act, speak and grow in faith so that the Father’s glory would be revealed to all I interact with in my life. I have ripped off Beth Moore’s prayer that I would love God more than anything in my life and love his Word.
I want to continue growing in love for the poor. Not because I should or because I feel guilty but because it’s a natural outpouring of how Christ loves me. I want to bear fruit that lasts.
I want to rest in the Lord for the “why’s” and the “how’s” of our family life. My husband and I are like any other family—we have all sorts of plans and ways to go about life. I am less interested in what we think than what we need to do to glorify God. I know that our finances, our choices, our very balance between work and play and worship needs to have a God-approved roadmap. If we’re just doing all of it to mark time, get more stuff or impress someone else, we’ve lost our way.
I want to know where my daughter will attend Kindergarten next fall. (For those outside the North Suburban Denver, Colorado area, this is a real and pressing question as the area is blessed with a ridiculous assortment of public charter schools that are pretty cool. They all have lotteries.)
I want to lose the grip money has over me. I want to go on a mission trip again this year, but with the kids in tow. I want to be a better wife because I am crazy about the man who shares my name.
What about you? What do you want in 2011?
PS The verse at the beginning of this post is my first entry on Beth Moore’s scripture memorization team for 2011. You can learn all about the SSMT here. Join me! I am so excited about this. I’ve written about scripture memorization before—you can read the post here.