Time flies. Where did the time go? They grow up so fast. We all say those things this time of year. On the last day of the year we contemplate "how far we've come", or beat ourselves up too much on how we've fallen short.
Today, as we close the book on 2012 and get a fresh new start for 2013, I want to encourage you to let yourself off the hook. Stop dwelling on what you're not, stop doubting yourself, and second guessing yourself.
God is not counting up your sins. God is not looking back at the list of things you did in 2012 that were poor decisions. He sees a child who he loves and who he has redeemed, by sending his own son to die for your sins and poor decisions, so you won't have to be judged for them anymore.
So don't waste that amazing gift by beating yourself up. Let yourself off the hook. You are God's child who He wants to live an abundant life of unmerited favor. It's time to live the life you love!
"I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it [a]overflows)." -John 10:10 (AMP)
So start living life abundantly. Here's how I'm going to do that. I'm going to make a list of a few "bucket list" items, and I will commit to doing them this year! If I do one of them it's a success! If I do more than one, it's ABUNDANT! The life that God has called us to. Will you join me? Will you turn the TV off, put aside laundry and dishes every once in a while and go on adventure?
For example, I want to take my children camping, I want to master snowboarding, and run a half marathon.
I don't want to look back on this day next year and think, "Where did the time go?" I want to be able to say, "Wow God, look at all the things we did together this year!" I have made the most out of this life you have given me. Thank you for the call to life it to the full, until it overflows!
Bring it on 2013!
What's on your list? How will you live a more abundant life in 2013?