2017-12-27 - A New Start
As we approach the coming of a new year, I have been pondering my own successes and failures of the one nearly behind us. The words success and failure involves more than what might first come to mind. Thesaurus.com uses some of these synonyms for success: accomplishment, achievement, advance, prosperity and realization. The same source describes failure, in part, this way: bankruptcy, breakdown, collapse, misstep, and loss. I think it is safe to say that each of us can identify with both groups of adjectives.
Another factor is what any particular individual might believe constitutes a success or failure within the confines of their own work, social activity, or lifestyle. One of my goals for this past year was to be mindful of my use of any type of sweetening agents, natural and otherwise, in things I put into my body. I have not done a perfect job, yet I am feeling good about my overall success in that regard. I will continue to strive to stay on track, so I can feel at my best and take care of the temple I was given for the here and now.
Another goal for me has been to better manage my chronic pain (which can be affected drastically by food and drink intake). I failed. At least, it is likely seen that way from the world’s point of view. Did I actually fail? Well, I have felt as though it was true for way too long, and I came to the realization my actual issue was the perception that had permeated my thinking. So I corrected a breakdown in thinking, by finding someone to help me work on my perception. My real misstep rested in the thought that somehow God could not provide active help in the form of a person that he would use to give me hope in the midst of day to day challenges that are no fault of my own. You see, in spite of what I had heard over the years, there are not always simple solutions to troubles in the flesh. The fact of the matter is there are some aspects that can be quickly resolved, and there are many that are a mystery not actually solved, but kept at bay as well as possible. And there is no mystery in the fact that we are only pilgrims on a journey, and these bodies we travel in are not where we will stay. If you go through enough, and live many years, there will be relief in the fact we can look forward to the renewal in heavenly bodies yet to come. Until then, we do the best we are able and leave it all in God’s hands, knowing that home is where we are in Him.
I will be continuing to work on taking good care of myself and that includes the body and the mind. I am taking a holistic approach, and it has been right in front of me for a while, yet there are times we cannot always see things for ourselves, as we have been taking care of others for such a very long time. And when we get God’s message through his letter to us, through prayer and study, and through others he puts in our path, we find ourselves refreshed - which in turn gives us back the hope we so long to share with others. I’m so grateful for a faithful and merciful heavenly father to care for me. My failures are a chance for him to show his successes, and his success is a new start for me every morning I draw breath. How was your past year? Are you ready for a new start?
“This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:21-23)
All verses are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.