Saturday, January 4, 2014

New Year's thoughts

So I'm late kicking off the new year, but the Great Sinus Infection of 2013/2014 has left me severely unmotivated these past 2 weeks.  My friend Matt suggested I start naming my illnesses like they do for hurricanes or winter storms.  If so, it would seem traditional to begin with an 'A' name, but I'm tempted to name this one Bah Humbug as it stole much of my Christmas spirit. 

Anyway, I'm starting to feel more like myself, so I'm determined to de-Christmas the house today and start getting back to normal.  Have been reading a book called Made to Crave, about craving God and not food, and it triggered some thoughts that I want to keep in mind.  I don't do New Year's resolutions.  They don't work.  But it seems the time of year to think about changes and these are things that I am determined to make part of my life for the rest of my life. 

Cravings.  We all have them, and tend to crave more of whatever we consume.  Eating junk food creates junk food cravings.  Watching tv causes you to see commercials for other shows, or for upcoming episodes - causing you to crave more tv.  Playing mindless games on the phone/tablet just causes you to continue wanting to play.  Eating healthy food triggers cravings for healthy food.  Spending time in Bible study and prayer causes us to crave more time with God.  Exercise - I'm not sure it's possible that I'll ever crave it, but in theory I suppose that if I can make it a habit, I will learn to hate it less, right? 

I've also been thinking about how finite life is.  I have a limited number of hours, days, years on this planet.  God placed me here, in this family, in this community for a purpose, and every minute that I waste playing electronic games, or watching mindless television is a minute that could have been better spent.  And I've wasted a LOT of minutes on things that produced nothing of value.  Along with that thought is the realization that if I don't do a better job taking care of my health, I will likely cut short the number of minutes, hours, and days that I have here with my family, taking care of the business that I'm supposed to be about. 

So the goal is now to redirect my habits and therefore my cravings, and to be mindful of spending my time on things that are productive for my physical and spiritual health, for my family, for my community, and for His kingdom.  :-)