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About a year ago the Mister and I were in the middle of the throws of a freak out (well, I was anyway, he was as calm as a cucumber) as we went through the dreaded home study. My house was completely spotless. I did countless hours of research and reading. I was armed with answers for questions the might just be asked. And after a few visits with a social worker, a document was written saying that we were, in fact, approved by someone to actually parent a child.
One of the benefits of the LOOOOOOOOONG adoption wait is the ability to take our time in getting ready for the new little person to enter our lives. We decided to spread out all the purchasing so our accounts aren’t hit all at once but getting what we need for the nursery so it’s ready should that call come.
We all struggle with our sin nature. Paul put it beautifully:
For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. (Romans 7:15-20)
A lofty goal. One that I cannot do on my own. But I can keep trying. I can keep moving forward. I can choose a life of accountability.
I love systems. I love seeing a need and creating the system to meet that need so it succeeds.
This doesn’t replace the need for human one-on-one accountability. We all need people in our lives who will honestly tell us like it is, or it should be. We need community.
This is simply a way to enhance that personal accountability.
Each week I have a Sabbath, usually on Friday because of work and ministry requirements on Sunday, but sometimes it changes depending on the week. During part of that time, I prayerfully consider my coming week and develop a fluid plan of what I hope to accomplish.
I’m adding another component to that time: accountability.
Did I Obey Jesus…
Then, each quarter I will share a blog post reporting on my progress with obeying Jesus completely
In this way,
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas full of the wonder of Jesus.
I pray the Lord will open your eyes to see how he is blessing you every day.
I hope you sense the love of Jesus.
I pray you see the coming year in peace and hope.
I hope you see the faithfulness of God.
I pray you have a blessed New Year full of the presence of Jesus.
How are you focusing on Jesus this Christmas?
To obey Jesus completely.
That’s it. That’s my resolution.
And yet this resolution encompasses so much:
What is your resolution for 2017?