Did you get everything done this year? How did it go? What does “everything” mean to you?
Every year’s end, there seems to be a rush to make new year resolutions that run the gamut from exercising and dieting to being more productive and self-confident to whatever is cool and hot. I find it ironic that not making any new year’s resolutions is also a thing. Then again, if you don’t have goals, how do you know if you’ve reached any?
To me, getting everything done is a two-edged sword. On the one hand, it could mean that I complete my checklist for the year. If that is the case, let there not be something amiss, right? If “everything” means everything that God wants me to do, that’s one thing. If it means only what I myself want to do, regardless, then I have a lot to answer for regarding God’s perfect will for my life.
Ideally, “everything done” should mean what God wants me to do rather than only what I want. If what I want intersects with what God wants for me, then that’s a wonderful thing.
We’ve all heard of these adages, haven’t we?
- If you’re too busy for God, you’re too busy.
- If you’re too busy to pray, you’re too busy.
- If you’re too busy to spend time with your family, you’re too busy.
In the midst of the great chaos of 2021, I was surprised I wrote two new books at all. I wrote one book through the hard work of packing up thirty-plus years of stuff to prepare for the downsizing of our family home. I wrote another book while experiencing the grief of losing two friends and then unexpectedly catching COVID myself.
In the end, the year 2021 found me rereleasing one book, writing two new books, and revising three second editions of previously published novels.
When I heard that some of my author friends have published 24 or 48 books in 2021, I cheered them on. I congratulated them. I think it’s wonderful that they had the time and wherewithal to write so many books this year. We all have different lives and different capacities for achieving things. Some of my books took me ten years to write, some took ten months to revise, some took ten weeks to think about, and yes, some took me ten days to draft. There, but for the grace of God, go I.
In my 2021 process, I learned many things about God. Among all the important spiritual nuggets such as trusting God and waiting for Him, I also reminded myself about some basic fundamental Christian things. Here is what I told my newsletter subscribers a few weeks ago:
Even though I only published two new books this year (compared to last year’s four), I know that God is still sovereign. Praise the Lord. I am grateful to Him for everything. One of the many things I learned in this turbulent year is this: I am still saved in Jesus Christ regardless of what I achieve or don’t achieve, write or don’t write, pursue or don’t pursue. My salvation is secure in Christ. Therefore, I can go forth with peace in my heart.
What about you? Did you accomplish everything you set out to do in 2021? What is your assessment of it? Did you learn something new about God in the process?
The next time I blog, it will be in 2022 A.D., so until then, I wish you a Happy and Blessed New Year!