LIFE

How to “put it all away” after Christmas.

Christmas cookies,2016No, it’s not what you think.

I’m not talking about Christmas decorations.

That’s easy.

There are lots of “things” in our life that need organizing, that need to be “put away” and forgotten, that need to be resolved, that need to be approached differently.

Taking a knee-jerk reaction to the experiences of the last year is just that, a knee-jerk reaction.

And I’m not really going to spend much time on this today. I’m saving this whole subject of “new’ beginnings for January. If you’ve followed me for very long you know that I like January almost more than December. Here’s two older posts if you want to check them out.

The only point I want to make today is that change all by itself is not necessarily good.

Too many of us look back over the year and proudly declare as though they’re the victim of something, “Well, things are just going to have to be different next year. I’m going to change some things.”

To which I might reply (and to myself as well), “Hmm, maybe I’m the one that needs to change.” But even then, some people still mean that they feel the victim and therefore this change they’re referring to is meant to nurse their imagined wounds and validate their pain.  It’s the  knee-jerk reaction I referred to earlier and it’s usually just a way to avoid looking at ourselves.

And the interesting thing? We can take that approach and be quite successful for a while.

But you know what?

It seldom works. Mostly because we haven’t looked at ourselves first to see how much we contribute to our own “pain”.

As we look to the new year and reflect on the old, let’s get a little more honest with ourselves. I would suggest the last thing we need to do is change ourselves, I mean our basic personality.

Are there some things we need to do differently? Probably. More than likely it isn’t what we’re doing nearly as much as how we’re thinking and reacting to life and life’s events.

But the most important fact about change is this:

Change without serious and honest reflection is change that is short-lived.

Change that isn’t God-inspired won’t honor God.

Change without personal responsiblity is short-sighted.

Change for change’s sake is not necessarily good.

I will be blogging during January about the subject of change, using myself as the prime example but drawing from the experiences of others as well.

But for today, it’s enough just to remind ourselves that declaring, “Some things are just going to have to change”, is a non-starter.

Anyway, God bless as you recover from the holidays and enter the doldrums of January and February.