I thought it would be refreshing to share a guest submission today. One that I feel represents the essence of my renewed commitment to “being” a new and improved person this year. I think you will enjoy this as well. Maybe you will see a bit of yourself in this piece…and get busy focusing on the new path you wish to create.
6 Months and Counting…
I came into the new year proclaiming all of the great things I would do in 2010. Of course, I said I would lose weight, make more money etc. (You did too :). Remember, I retired from pastoring and only serve as a guest evangelist at different churches. I get to sleep late, read the paper and drink coffee at my leisure — like retired people. Well, it all sounded great on paper until my bank account started reflecting that of someone who had a drastic drop in income. Thus, I had to come into 2010 with some specific goals around finances and still keep up my “retirement” lifestyle. LOL
My oldest brother has always been my personal barometer regarding my goals and accomplishments – he gets on my last nerve! However, this year, we both made plans to make our lives better than they’ve ever been. For the first time, I can truly say it was not just another one of those New Year’s Resolutions that got lost somewhere between January and February. I have actually accomplished more in the past six months than I’ve done in the past six years. I’m having a blast working with children and youth. I’m working on the weight – but more importantly – my health, and turned my finances around.
Was it his nagging? No! He didn’t have to nag and push this time. It was focus and determination. Were there obstacles? God knows there were plenty. In fact, the harder I worked, the bigger the obstacle — but that’s another blog!
Many religious people criticized the book and DVD, “The Secret,” but I truly believe in its basic concept along with my own biblical interpretations and put them into practice. Thus, I have reviewed my life in 2010, in increments of great success. When we completed the first 90 days, I was ecstatic because I had not given in to procrastination, laziness or the same old excuses. Here we are 6 months and counting and I have a renewed passion for life, love and whatever comes my way.
It’s taken me a long time, but I’m really living my dreams wide awake! I totally understand that our lives are a blank canvas waiting for us to paint a beautiful picture. What have you been doing for the past six months? What will you do with the rest of the year? Go ahead and pick up YOUR brush and allow the artist in you to come alive.
Cheryl Ward Ministries