Welcome to 2024. Anyone else glad 2023 has passed into history? I tried focusing last year on starting anew and did not succeed. So many things in my life changed or became much more challenging than expected. I come into this new year realizing I have been focused on too many things and trying to change them all at once.
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?Isaiah 43:18-19a (NIV)
This year I need to pause.
Pause the emotions of yesterday.
Pause the noise of today.
Pause the fear of tomorrow.
With a pause, I can just be. I need to live and cherish the moments with my wife, my family, and my friends. This past year I have spent too much time frenetically running from here to there, work to home, event to gathering, doctor to test, issue to resolution, chore to hobby, emotional high to emotional low.
In the uncontrolled chaos
…my family suffers
…my relationships suffers
…my faith suffers
…my creavity suffers
I need to realize the pace I have been running the race is too much for me. I need to pause and reflect. Find a more appropriate pace for my life and cherish the journey with those around me.
Should you take a moment in 2024 to pause?