Just one hour into the New Year and I wanted to take a moment to thank you for tuning in to my little blog, and to let you know how instrumental you all have been in helping me build a little momentum for 2009. When I started this little corner of cyber space less than two months ago, I didn’t really think many people would care what I had to say. But you’ve surprised me, and encouraged me, and made me really rethink what I want to say. Not just here, but in every aspect of my life.
I’ve been a little cynical about New Years in the past. I could never understand why so many people get sooo over-the-top excited about bringing in a new year. I mean, it’s just another year. And somewhere along the way I stopped making resolutions so I wouldn’t disappoint myself again by making promises to myself I couldn’t keep. An old southern tradition my mom always observes is eating greens and beans on New Year’s Day… and I don’t think I even did that last year! It’s supposed to symbolize prosperity for the coming year to eat lots of greens and black-eyed peas. But I just didn’t want to get my hopes up.
This year, however, I feel a little braver. Brave enough, at least, to serve some beans and greens. And brave enough to set some goals for 2009. I’ve always been leery about hoping for certain milestones or successes because I know I’m not entitled to anything, except by God’s overwhelming grace. I know my frailties and how expendible I am. But slowly, through many of you and through my own journey, I am coming to grips with the fact that we all have a purpose. And living it out takes guts. And talking about the ups and downs of living it out through a blog… well that’s just plain terrifying. But if you are reading this, you are one of the people who is helping me to find my voice in this giant world. Thank you for coming along with me on my day-to-day adventures, for better or for worse.
Blessings to you in 2009! Only God knows what it holds… but at least we all have each other. Let’s make the most of every moment and see where we find ourselves next year at this time.