Although Christmas has just wrapped up, and the hours in my day are opening up considerably, I somehow still feel like 2017 is coming at me like a freight train. Fast and furious. The new year is coming into my vision like a schizophrenic kaleidoscope. Responsibilities are swirling so fast that it's getting hard to discern where one nagging task ends and another begins.
A week ago while Christmas shopping I found myself in Target staring at the planners for the upcoming year. The white pages mirrored my staring gaze with their blank affect. But the void on these pages was born of fresh new possibilities while my mind was more like a gaping hole where I just knew some thought was supposed to be. But alas, nothingness abounded.... After 20 minutes of staring aimlessly, I snatched up a cute blue floral for a friend and hustled to the check out line unable to commit to planning out my days into the next year. Sometimes ink can seem so final and confining. "So let it be written, so let it be done..." right?
That shopping trip was just one of the eleventy bajillion tasks on my list before 2017, so how in the heck are we gonna finish all that we want to in 2017? Although I'd love to throw you (and myself) a line, the fact is that we won't.
We can't. And that's okay.
No, really... One more time if you're like me and need to hear it: You can't, I can't, and that's okay....
Our kids and grand kids will not be raised next year. Our mortgages will probably not be paid off next year. And we certainly will not find all of the answers to all of our questions surrounding careers, relationships, and personal direction within this next year! Even if you accomplish any of these things, it will not be because you put it on a pretty page and set yourself up for the expectation to finish the task completely by that specific date.
So, how does anything get done? Stop trying. You read that right... STOP trying.
Psalm 127:2 "In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat, for He grants sleep to those He loves."
It is natural in our humanness to try so hard, but we are called to lean on Him. If we want to try in 2017, let's try to get more rest. Let's try to say "yes" less, and say "no" more. Let's try to focus on the pages of His Word over the pages of our planners. Hurry and haste can not co-exist with Heaven in our hearts. Remember Mary and Martha? Can we spend more time at His feet and less time tending other tasks? Why not trade in trying all together and let 2017 become the year of just being?
It's okay stop trying, and start enjoying. 2017 will only roll around once, and everything God wants accomplished this year will get done in spite of your striving. "So let it be written, so let it be done..." Ha!