The New Year has started already! Though for me it has been a fairly slow start, taking things very easy while recovering from major surgery just before Christmas. Not quite the way I would like to have planned it yet it has given me the opportunity to simply rest, stand back and reassess my life. Having more years behind me than in front of me is a sobering thought, and as I pondered this I was more convinced than ever that I want this year to count! After much deliberation I have decided that this year I want to concentrate on just four things:
- People! As I look back over the past year there have been all too many times when I have allowed things to become more important than people and relationships.
- Perspective! To make people more important than things I will need to constantly reassess my priorities, making sure that the urgent does not squeeze out the important.
- Passion! I refuse to just drift through life, rather I will choose to be passionate about who I am and where I am going, living life to the full.
- Patience! As my father used to say “Rome wasn’t built in a day” so I need to accept the fact that this will take time and perseverance, but it will be worth it.
Who knows what 2011 will hold for any of us, but I choose to live it intentionally, believing that God is in control and will guide me as I seek to put people first, readjust my priorities, live with passion and patiently accept the challenges that come my way. That is about as much as I can cope with today, conquering evil and establishing world peace may have to wait till next year… NO! That is God’s job not mine!
Chaplain Ian Whitley