I'm going to start this post off with a blunt question:
What have you accomplished in the year of 2008?
I hope that whatever it was, it was for good.
We should be able to look back on our lives in the past year, and see a bumpy, rocky climb upwards.
By the grace of God, I see that upward trend in my life. He has enabled me to get a more realistic grasp on life, and to get past my 'nice-nasty' syndrome of getting down and dirty while cleaning house. :)
He gave me a book to read this year, entitled 'Beautiful Girlhood'; I see this as a tool that He gave me, and it is working in my life as well. (Although, it is NOT the book, but God.)
My resolution for this year, is to try and wear skirts year-round; this includes feeding the horses, working in the garden, horse-back riding, and all of the other things that us girls think that we can't do if we're in a skirt. It's true that we think this, is it not? I used to think that I couldn't wear a skirt if I working in the garden; but last year, I wore a skirt up there, and it wasn't a smidgen harder than when I was in pants. Here is the picture behind my motivation:
This is Liberty Phillips, she hiked to the summit of Huana Picchu of Peru...in a skirt. (you can go to Vision-Forum HERE)
As Christians, when we set our goals for the year, we need to hold fast to them and carry them out. It WILL be hard, but by the steady, providential hand of our Lord, He will help us.
Holding fast to our goals is a tough job, but if we succeed--giving ALL glory and honor to God--we can be a godly witness for those about us. It may seem silly that something this small can make a difference, but IT CAN! The smallest things we do; (girls) picking up your siblings toys, wiping off the counters in the kitchen, folding a napkin to look pretty, taking your father a glass of water on a hot day--(boys) taking the trash to the garbage can, helping your little brother with a project, seeing if your father needs help in his work, raking up leaves in the yard--There is SO many things that you can do! And they all make a difference. Like I said, YOU may not notice...But OTHERS will.
Keep this in mind, and may the LORD bless you in the year of 2009.