As we approach the new year, it is tempting to set far-reaching goals to change our habits, adapt our lifestyle, transform our character. It is important, though, to pay attention to the details, to follow the process step by step and let the outcome take care of itself. It is better to focus on doing what is good and right rather than pursuing greatness.
There’s a great scene in the movie “Dad” in which Jack Lemmon, as an aging father in his hospital bed, shares with his son, played by Ted Danson, some of the wisdom he’s gained through years of living. His mind wanders to a World Series baseball game in which a second-string left fielder – Al Gionfriddo – finally given the opportunity to play after years of waiting on the bench, saves the game by catching a near-home run ball hit off the bat of Joe DiMaggio.
“You know what that story means?” asks the father.
“What, Dad?” asks his son.
The father’s face breaks into a smile as he looks into his son’s eyes.
“Anything can happen if you show up for work every day.”
Since I’m on disability, I don’t have a conventional job to show up for every day. But I do have daily work with which I’m going to occupy myself.
1) Pray every day. In addition to meditation, I’m going to renew the practice of keeping a prayer journal to be more mindful of including praise (Wow, God!) and thanksgiving (Thank you, Lord.) as well as confession (Forgive me.), intercession (Please help others.), and petition (Grant me, Lord…)
2) Read every day. This includes a reflective reading of a passage of Scripture (a chapter or so) as well as readings of classics – right now it’s The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner (on audio books), contemporary fiction (downloading e-books) and blog posts.
3) Write every day. This month, my focus has been on developing this blog. I plan to continue regular posting, but I have other projects as well. I have a completed draft of a devotional book I wrote a couple years back that I want to revise and prepare for publication. I’m meeting with some business owners and a community group about doing some blogging for them to enhance the traffic on their websites. I expect to do a good bit of writing in my Internship which I hope will begin soon. I really want to be more faithful writing letters to my two oldest daughters.
So those are my goals for 2013.
Pray. Read. Write.
Every day. And if I do, anything can happen.
How about you? What is the work you are going to show up for every day?