New Year’s Day Scripture ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-11.
“For everything there is a season, a time for everything under heaven,” writes Ecclesiastes. As we celebrate the new year, we look to the new year with hope.
I am a goal-oriented individual and so I prepared 20 for 2020. These goals address my whole person – physical, emotional, nutritional, relational, financial, familial, experiential, educational, and spiritual. This list is ambitious and I believe I am up for it.
Often I say, “How is it already (insert a day of the week or month of the year)!?” and then accompany that statement with a sigh. By framing my year in terms of these goals I hope I will say “Wow!” instead of “How!?” as a result of time well invested in the pursuit of the goals below.
I may not complete them all; they are not just “to do’s” to be transformed into “ta da’s.” They are invitations for me to more intentionally be – and hopefully be better.
20 for 2020
- Complete 20 consecutive chatarunga push-ups
- Read 20 new books
- Listen to 20 new artists
- Attempt 20 new recipes
- Drink (at least) 20 ounces of water per day
- Asana in 20 yoga classes
- Enjoy 20 coffee dates
- Volunteer 20 hours
- Watch 20 documentaries
- Support 20 local causes
- Learn from 20 experiences of truth-telling
- Identify 20 formational passages of Scripture
- Intentionally opt outside 20 minutes a week
- Engage 20 opportunities that push me out of my comfort zone
- Take 20 trips to the library with Joshua
- Reduce my wardrobe by 20 percent
- Incorporate 20 conversational Spanish phrases into my vocabulary
- Adopt 20 environmentally conscious living practices
- Connect with 20 new people
- Articulate 20 new hopes
What are your hopes, resolutions, or goals for the new year? Share them with a loved one and start pursuing them!
Happy New Year, Friends! Join us for worship this week. We return to our regular worship times – 8:30am Traditional and 11:00am Contemporary. We welcome Ms. Samantha Aupperlee in worship leadership. Samantha is a third-year Master’s of Divinity candidate at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Thank you, Samantha, for your service with the South Shore UMC Family this Sunday!
Prayer: “Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning, born of the one light Eden saw play. Praise with elation, praise every morning, God’s re-creation of the new day.”* Amen.
*”Morning Has Broken,” The United Methodist Hymnal 145.