Settling for Standard or Raising the Bar?

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It’s a New Year.  Welcome 2014!  And as the new year starts, many of us start to set goals for the year or make our “new year’s resolutions”.  How will this new year look for you?  What are you striving to reach in life?

Goals are great to set.  But I wonder…after the high of the new year, a new start, how many of us follow through or just settle for what is good enough.  At the end of the year, we review the goals we did not meet…do we consider that as failure or even worse, do we see ourselves as failures?

King’s day is tomorrow, January 6th.  It is my absolute favorite holiday!  We have always celebrated it as a family.  We would spend the day eating mexican food.  We would put our shoes outside the night before with some straw to feed the camels of the wise men on their journey to see the King, baby Jesus.  And as a thanks they would leave us a little gift.  So tomorrow Jared and I will be enjoying some mexican food and just celebrating the day together.  But beyond the great food, I always reflect on the meaning of the day…the journey the wise men made and the gifts they were bringing.  They were bringing their best.

How do we bring our best, give our best, live our best?

Many of us see this new year as a gift.  Therefore, we start to consider how we will live it out.  What goals reached this year will help us feel fulfilled, that we made the best of life lived in 2014.  So we think about it and begin making lists for ourselves…

But what if we thought differently?  What if we were more aware of the gift that has already been given to us?  What if that was our only resolution?…no lists…simply to listen daily to the guidance of the Spirit that dwells within us.

John 14:25-26 states, “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”

We have been given a helper and a teacher.  We have the Holy Spirit that stirs within us and leads us.  How incredible is that?  How freeing is that?…not bound by lists and standards, but free to be open to the prompting of the Spirit in us to live a greater life.

Now that’s a gift…going beyond the world’s standards and raising the bar to greatness…

That’s my resolution.  Being open, daily, to how the Spirit leads me and what He is teaching me…truly living this wonderful life I’ve been given and sharing Truth, love, joy, and all that is within me with others.  Imagine the possibilities…

Feliz Día de los Reyes!

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4 thoughts on “Settling for Standard or Raising the Bar?

  1. What a great reminder, Jenn! Hope you are enjoying your Kings Day celebration. My resolution is to read through the whole Bible in a year. I figure if I don’t actually complete it in a year at least I’ll be spending more time with God, so I can’t lose! 🙂

  2. “no lists…simply to listen daily to the guidance of the Spirit that dwells within us.”
    That IS my resolution! How interesting that God often his children learning similar lessons in very different ways. 🙂
    This year, I am striving to seek first and be intentional! I don’t want to be on auto-pilot. I don’t want to react. I don’t want to “should or shouldn’t”. I want to seek HIM first and let Him shine light, clarity, wisdom, guidance and peace into each moment.
    Love you friend!

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