I didn’t want to start this year off with the typical “How I will change this year blog post”. Not saying there is anything wrong with that but that’s not how I wanted to approach this year. I find those blog posts VERY inspiring but sometimes they can be intimidating. The plans and goals can be so lofty and hard to attain and a lot of times we end up disappointed.
I took a look at my goals from past years and one thing I wondered was “why did I try to go soooooo big?” Did I not think that small goals were attainable or more importantly did I think that accomplishing small goals were insignificant? Small goals were never on my radar. I always wanted to “lose 30lbs in a month” or “stop cursing in two days” or “pay off ALL my debt in 2 weeks”. Stuff that was just ridiculous. I could definitely accomplish these things in a longer span of time BUT I felt as if I put pressure on myself things would get done. WRONG.
I would start and quickly taper off to the point of where stopping wouldn’t even matter because I was barely doing anything anyway. Although my intentions to begin were good, my efforts didn’t match. As things got hard my efforts dissipated.
I can’t say that I never accomplished a large goal because I have accomplished a few. When I look back over them I realize these accomplishments were the cause of small things coming together and working out for my good. For example one of the BIGGEST goals was to become a nurse. Obviously I accomplished that goal—with the help of Jesus—but it took 2 years and lots of discipline and it was VERY STRESSFUL! The end result was HUGE but it took so many small steps to get there. The smallest accomplishment of passing a vocabulary test at the beginning of my second semester led to me walking across that stage with a BSN.
This year I decided to allow the little things mean more. I am going to THINK SMALL!
I am taking a different approach. I decided to make life a little simpler.
I decided to grace myself and allow myself to mess up.
This year I am choosing to be okay with smaller accomplishment. The minute details will be just as important as the large ones.
I will celebrate the small victories and not look at them as unimportant.
God reminded me that things don’t have to be large to be effective; a mustard seed is 1 to 2 milliliters in size and faith this size allows us to accomplish GREAT things.
I don’t know what your goals for the year are if you even chose to go that route this year but if you did grace yourself to start small. Be okay with accomplishing little things and graduate to greater things.
From a small seed a mighty trunk will grow.
*If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. Luke 16:10*
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.