Monday, December 31, 2007
It has never really been my "thing" to make New Year's resolutions. I don't want to make a list of commitments that I don't really intend to keep and that no one expects me to follow through on. I think it's much more productive to think of setting goals and then taking steps to reach those goals like we do here at Spark.
But over the past few days I've been turning the word "resolution" over in my mind, and decided to look it up in Webster's. (OK, I teach English and am kind of a word freak!) I found that one of the definitions is not so bad: "the process of analyzing a complex notion into simpler ones." It also means "firmness of resolve."
I also found that the word originates in the Latin word "solvere" which means to loosen, dissolve, or solve. The prefix "re" we often put at the beginning of a word to indication a repetition or show that we're performing a certain action again. So, to re-solve something could mean to loosen something that has become tight, or to dissolve something that has become hardened. It could also mean to solve once again problems that recur again and again, things that are hangovers from an old way of life.
In the Bible, Paul has something to say to believers in Christ in Ephesians 4, verses 20 through 24 (in the New Living version): "Since you have heard all about Christ and have learned the truth that is in Jesus, throw off your old evil nature and your former way of life, which is rotten through and through, full of lust and deception. Instead, there must be a spiritual renewal (there's that "re" again!) of your thoughts and attitudes. You must display a new nature because you are a new person, created in God's likeness - righteous, holy and true."
To RE-SOLVE old habits, loosen up and dissolve those wrong thought patterns and attitudes that have become set, and to find fresh new solutions to old problems, I'm going to need RESOLUTION - And that means determination and perseverance. I believe that if I have that firmness of resolve to do something, that God will supply the grace and strength so I can take each of the steps necessary to meeting the good goals I set for 2008. So, although I might not be making any New Year's resolutions, I AM setting goals and I'm resolved to reach them!
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Greetings from Florida! After an uneventful flight on the 23rd, and a lovely Christmas eve (beautiful candlelight church service) and Christmas day (gift exchange and dinner out with my parents, phone calls to out of town relatives), I've got a chance to check in here at SP.
So far, I'm doing pretty well on eating and exercise.
I did have a big turkey dinner yesterday afternoon but I think I burned off most of the calories on a nice long walk/jog this morning. I'm enjoying some of the treats that I can't get in Germany - peppermint candy! - but keeping the portions small.
I'm making a Spark Recipe for my dparents and myself for dinner. They generally like to eat healthy too.
Weigh in? No scale here, but I'm planning to visit a gym as a guest sometime this week, and I can weigh there.
My mom and I braved the mall today. I've been looking forward to shopping here in the states, and planning to take advantage of the sales. Normally, I wouldn't go to the mall on the 26th but the clothes budget needs all the help it can get, and I want to be a good steward. Macy's is having an offer on denim and jeans were on my list. I actually tried on a pair of Ralph Lauren size 2's and they fit! I have never been a size 2 in my life! But they were much too expensive so I took the DKNY size 4's instead. Also got some size 6's at the Gap, and a couple of sweaters and t-shirts.
Went down to the dock with a book and watched a beautiful sunset just now - time to get dinner...it's been a good day!
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Time to pack up the laptop. I'm just about finished packing everything else, cleaning, tidying, and am ready to get some good sleep before my trip tomorrow. I'll be underway for a total of 15 hours door-to-door. The airline sent me an email reminder today with my itinerary and confirmation code. Nice service!
Prayers appreciated for a safe, uneventful trip, that any children on the flight will be quiet and well-behaved, that my luggage arrives intact and at the same time that I do, and that I'm maybe blessed to have some good conversation with a fellow traveller along the way.
Friday, December 21, 2007
That's the battle I'm fighting today! I've Got All Day Syndrome!
Finished my presentation on the postmodern worldview on Wednesday for my seminary class and had my last day of work at the language school yesterday. The "extra" Christmas party scheduled by my boss was last night, the last fixed appointment before my trip. Now I have two whole days to do everything that needs to be done before I fly to the States on Sunday. It would be so nice just to kick back and relax but laundry, packing, cleaning, errands are calling.
On the up side, it's a gloriously cold and crispy, sunny day, so I'll do some of my errands on foot, getting in some good exercise for the day.
By the way, the dinner last night was fun - nice to have some time to socialize with my colleagues. The meal was very "chic" - the waiter and waitress had to explain everything that we were eating because a lot of it was unrecognizable. And the presentation was very stylish as well. For example, the appetizer was a seafood aspic served in a real shell. It was delicious! When I finished, I noticed that there was a dollop of some kind of paste under the shell, keeping it from rocking and rolling on the plate. It looked edible, so I tried it. It turned out to be a pesto of sundried tomatoes - tasty! We got a good giggle out of that as I passed the word down the table to the others to try the hidden treasure under the shell.
No way I'm going to be able to track that meal, but I am going to track today as prep for my trip. I think it will help me to keep focused and prevent any mindless eating caused by nervousness and excitement about the journey ahead.
My next blog entry will be posted from Florida - hard to believe! I may not be posting much till after the Christmas holiday so let me now say...
Remember the reason for the season and have a MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!!!
Sunday, December 16, 2007
I CORINTHIANS 13...A CHRISTMAS VERSION
If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows,
strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls,
but do not show love to my family,
I'm just another decorator.
If I slave away in the kitchen,
baking dozens of Christmas cookies,
preparing gourmet meals
and arranging a beautifully adorned table
at mealtime, but do not show love
to my family, I'm just another cook.
If I work at the soup kitchen,
carol in the nursing home,
and give all that I have to charity,
but do not show love to my family,
it profits me nothing.
If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels
and crocheted snowflakes,
attend a myriad of holiday parties,
and sing in the choir's cantata
but do not focus on Christ,
I have missed the point.
Love stops the cooking to hug the child.
Love sets aside the decorating
to kiss the husband.
Love is kind, though harried and tired.
Love doesn't envy another's home that has
coordinated Christmas china and table linens.
Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way,
but is thankful they are there to be in the way.
Love doesn't give only to those who are able
to give in return,
but rejoices in giving to those who can't.
Love bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails.
Video games will break,
pearl necklaces will be lost,
golf clubs will rust,
but giving the gift of love will endure.
Merry Christmas and
lots of love to you and yours!
– Author Unknown
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