Saying NO to the New Year

"Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom" Psalm 90:12.

Today I’m saying goodbye to the last 12 months and hello to 12 new ones. And like most years I want this season to be big and special, to mean something. I want to make an impact in my world, my community, my family. I'm desperate for it to be more than just another birthday and 4th of July and Christmas.

The problem is, I want to do so much I often fall into the trap of not doing anything at all. Changing the world starts to seem really overwhelming, so I'll just watch Friends on Netflix instead. And as much as I love Ross & Rachel, I need more to show for this New Year than being able to retell the saga of their relationship. 

So I'm shrinking my world. I'm taking things off of my to do list. Instead, I'm choosing a few things my heart aches for and I'm dedicating my year to those. If I set out to accomplish everything, I won't accomplish anything.

The truth is, I can't do big and beautiful things God is calling me into if I'm distracted. And honestly, sometimes it sucks to say "no", to not jump at every opportunity that comes my way. But saying no is a vital part of getting to the big and beautiful my heart longs for.

Like an old friend of mine use to say: "The good will always be the enemy of the best." And I want the best. 

Lord, help me simplify my life by saying No to good things so that I can say Yes to the best things. Thank you for giving me everything I need to create big and beautiful things. 

WRITTEN BY CORI DUNTON

Lifestyle, ChangeSarah Witmer