What is something you want to achieve this year?
A question that is a rewording of the old “what are your new year’s resolutions” which seems to be out of vogue these days. I remember making some hopeful but self-defeating “goals” for the coming year until I finally stopped pretending my commitment to a stated goal would last beyond January, at best!
Now, I would suggest “achieve” is a much harder word—it tends to contain the element of not just planning or trying to do something, but actually DOING something measurable, saying I am going to complete something . . . SO, I guess my answer would be: I want to achieve freedom from measurable goals – I want to focus on each moment fully to be who I want to be – to respond to others in ways that encourage those others to “live,” and – to end each day with that feeling of the satisfaction that “I” have not been the center of my attention.
Challenging? YES! Measurable? NOT really! An achievement? UBETCHA! So, I will revisit this post in a year and see how it feels because that really is the most important achievement – feeling that I have lived up to my expectations!
a work in progress . . . God's grace has brought me through many traumas of varying intensities and I am alive today (both physically & spiritually) because of Him and His work: "For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus"-Philippians 1:6.
My childhood was spent living in many places in the United States due to my family's music or ministry—The Hicks Family, made up of Olan & Barbara Hicks, my younger brothers, Clint & Chuck & me, sang in different combos (put out an album), does so no longer professionally . . . but, visit a family gathering in Searcy & you're bound to hear some foot-tapping sounds (or catch my dad & mom on the road)!
I believe that every moment of each life path (the good & what I perceive as the bad) God works together for my good as His child whether I understand it or not. MUSIC and MINISTRY are still primary aspects of the path God has me walking—so exciting!
Words that have encouraged me since 1980: ". . . giving them a garland instead of ashes,The oil of gladness instead of mourning,The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting So they will be called oaks of righteousness,The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified." Isaiah 61:3
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