I turned the page in my calendar/planner and ran my hand over the blank squares. Ah, a fresh start. December’s grid was covered with notes, plans, and obligations, but January was the tip of a brand new year—unadorned with duties and responsibilities. For now.
What will I do with this fresh set of days?
There is one thing of which I am sure—I want less.
Less worry—and more faith in the One Who created me.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God (Phil. 4:6).
Less self-reliance—and more dependence on my Savior.
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:5).
Less busyness—and more time for things that provide fulfillment in Christ.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect (Romans 12:2).
Less timidity—and more boldness to speak truth and to live victoriously.
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control (2 Timothy 1:6,7).
Less noise—and more times of stillness in God’s Presence.
But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me (Psalm 131:2).
Less whining—and more thankfulness for everyday joys.
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
The bottom line?
Less of self and this world—and more of Jesus.
Father, I ask for wisdom and discernment to truly number my days. May each notation on my calendar be filtered through Your heart. I love You, Jesus.
What do you want less of this year?
I pray you’re having a blessed beginning to the New Year!
Leigh Ann 🙂