I don’t have but a few minutes here on this New Year’s Day. It’s already beginning. I am starting off 2016 in what seems like a full stride….other than the fact I forgot to be at the drop point to pick up our milk for the next few weeks this afternoon. We had an insanely good time last night. We hung out with 3 great families and rang in the New Year in peacefully fun times with 10 kids running around and 8 adults enjoying each other’s company. We played Pie Face with the kids…well I did. All the other adults were too sissy to play, but I am much too kind to mention names of those adults. Anyway, it was just amazing how well the kids played without fighting or melting down, and we got to spend an evening with people we love.
In this year which will be full or busyness and purpose and good times and bad times, don’t forget to really give yourself away. Don’t hedge your bets and play it safe. I don’t mean don’t have boundaries that protect yourself. I mean go all in, in as many areas of your life as possible….but do it step by step. Give yourself away….first and foremost to the one who gave Himself away for you! If you know Jesus and His love for you, you’ll give it away out of a belief in your heart and not out of duty. Get acquainted with the love and goodness of God, and my favorite person who talks about this is Judah Smith. Just listen. Get immersed in His scandalous love and grace and allow Him to convince you that more is possible.
Then, go all in in the areas of life that matter most to you. Your husband, your kids, your family, your friends. Find one person that God’s called you to walk beside and lift. Invest. Give yourself away! Because in really giving yourself away, you find yourself, fulfillment, purpose, passion, adventure, hope, faith, love. I am going to add a caveat….be wise, but don’t hold back. Go after life with full force.
I was listening to Tim McGraw yesterday…2 songs got me. Live Like You Were Dying and My Little Girl. We try to plan so much for the future that we don’t live in the present. Be present. Enjoy the now. Play with your kids now. Get messy with them now. Some day they will grow up and though there will be different opportunities for connection, don’t regret that you didn’t give your all right NOW. Bible says don’t worry about tomorrow, and the time of salvation is NOW. Be here. Soak it all in. You’ll never regret it.