OK, so this blog thing isn’t as easy as I thought. Correction, it’s pretty hard! Perhaps that’s why I was never successful at keeping a diary or a journal for more than, say, a week!
But it isn’t just writing the blog that’s difficult — it’s moving forward with my life, using the blog as a driver. It’s Sunday — a good day for quiet reflection. Plus, I have the added advantage of being home alone just now. As I sit here, gazing at the beauty of the fresh-fallen snow outside my window, I wait quietly for some inspiration. As if inspiration, like a comet or meteor, would come zooming at me from the sky imploding my brain into brilliance. I guess I figured if I wrote a blog about seeking the quietness in life, everything would just “happen” to make the desire become reality. Ah, but now, nine days into the new year, I see my one and only resolution will need as much work from me as does dieting, exercise, eating well, blah, blah, blah.
A week ago today was Sunday, January 2nd, the Ninth day of Christmas. According to Christian belief, the nine ladies dancing represent The nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22). That Biblical passage is one of my favorites and one whose words should direct my thoughts and actions every day of my life.
I am taking the liberty of sharing what I’ve learned about the ninth day of Christmas. It seems so right for what I want this year of my life to be about. Maybe it will help inspire me to reflect, write and therefore truly begin to experience the quiet, inner peace I seek.
To make changes in our lives that will last a lifetime, each of us needs to do a few things every day. Paul first reminds us that God has filled the Bible with promises for the changed person. He has given us promises that will never change and will always be there for the person who has changed through the power of Jesus Christ. To allow real change to take effect and to become a lifestyle there are three things (according to one writer) that we must understand. And they are all found in Scripture. First, we must understand that our lives are not futile. We have reason for living, we have purpose for our life, and we have a part in God’s plan in history.
Second, we need to believe that our failures are not fatal. We will fail from time to time. We will bomb out in our decisions. We will make a fool of ourselves at one time or another – but it is not the end of the world. Our failures are NOT fatal.
Then third, we need to remember that our death is not final. There is life after death, there is a reward for good, clean living. There is a real reason for our being. And there is true happiness for eternity. With these truths in mind – we will have a great year. We will enjoy true peace every single day of our lives.
So, there it is — good words for me to ponder today and every day this year. I think I’ll print this passage and keep a copy next to my computer — maybe I’ll keep a second copy in my purse so I can re-read these words any time, no matter where I find myself.
Here’s to a great year of reflection, direction and moving forward!