by Christine Lindsay
I’m one of those oddballs that doesn’t make New Year’s resolutions. Living in the Pacific Northwest, I love Christmas, but while the snow barrages or the rain deluges, I love January for the sole purpose of not changing me but recharging me. Something naturally occurs in my nervous system when I start to take down all the glitter, and the red and greens. While I clean the kitchen and tidy the dining room, my batteries naturally start to build up new energy. It’s the same organic mechanism in our bodies when we exercise, we produce endorphins that whisk away depression and slumps on those gray winter days.
So, while I don’t make promises to myself to lose weight or resign myself to be a nicer person, or be a more faithful Christian, etcetera, etcetera, I find that simply starting with a tidier house, I’m more inclined to push forward to meet other goals.
The old quote, “Just do the next thing,” is always good advice, because after I’ve vacuumed the living room, I automatically think of the next room, and the next. And then before you know it, I’ve started to plan my garden that is currently slumbering outside under the slush. All those wonderful seed packages to drool over with promises of vegetables and flowers. New life will burst out in a couple of months. Meanwhile, new life is bursting within me. By simply cleaning my house, I start to think of my goals, there’s my new novel in progress that I must get down to brass tacks and actually finish writing.
You too, have goals. They’re not new ambitions just because the year slipped over from 2018 to 2019, but by recharging your batteries, you gain some of the energy to fulfill your God-given dreams. For the rest of the energy you need, you’ll have to tap into the greatest source of life, the Creator who has the ultimate goals of all.
Irish-born Christine Lindsay is the author of multi-award-winning Christian fiction and non-fiction. Readers describe her writing as gritty yet tender, realistic yet larger than life, with detail that collides into the heart of psychological and relationship drama. Christine’s fictional novels have garnered the RWA Readers Choice Award for Sofi’s Bridge, the ACFW Genesis, the Grace Award, Canada’s The Word Guild Award (twice), been a finalist for the Selah, and Readers’ Favorite. The non-fiction memoir Finding Sarah Finding Me is the true-life story that started this award-winning career in Christian fiction and non-fiction and speaking ministry. Visit her at http://christinelindsay.org/