I am not one for making New Year's resolutions. Actually, I must confess that I'm not much for setting goals of any kind, besides our schedule of coursework for the school year. "For lack of vision, the people perish." Yes, I've read the quotes about how if we aim for nothing in particular, that's probably what we'll end up with.
Before moving back to Obion County, however, I did a sort of mid-life assessment and actually thought of a list of goals I would like to accomplish - not by any particular date, just somewhere in the near future.
I wanted to teach a women's Bible study. For years, I had sat at the table and feasted on the rich fare lovingly prepared by others. Then, I realized that over time I had somehow become an "older woman" - and that having benefited so much from the labors of others, I should endeavor to serve others in return.
I wanted to write a book. Something more than a short story, from start to finish.
And, there was one other thing I had on my list - three is such a nice number - but I can't even remember what that third thing was. Maybe it will come to me some day!
Anyway, after almost six years in Obion County, I have indeed had the opportunity to lead a women's Bible study. And not just one study - I've been blessed to lead/"facilitate" three different studies. Hard work? Yes. But the rewards, to myself and others, far outweighed the sacrifice of time, study, and emotional energy. And, I've had opportunity to teach children's classes and to teach at summer camp. What a blessing!
And, yes, I have actually finished a book. Albeit a very bad book, but that's not the point. I've heard that each book must be written a minimum of three times. Well, my first story has been coughed out onto paper and now resides in a filing cabinet under the computer table. Maybe someday I'll get around to the first rewrite, and the second, ....
I can't recall that third goal from 5+ years ago, but I was asked recently what things I would like to see happen in my life over the next five years. Hmmmmm.... My answer? Well, five years from now, I would like to be writing more. I would like to be more involved in ministry to the body of Christ and in outreach to the lost. In five years, I would like to be able to say with certainty that I know how to dance, from the inside out. I would like to be able to fire a handgun with confidence. I want to learn how to charm bees.
In five years, all but one of my children will be graduated from high school - I would like to be having a whole lot of fun with the last child still at home, before she, too, leaves the nest. And, I would like to be learning the new role of grandmother.
What about you? Where do you see yourself five years from now? What things would you like to do between now and then?
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