Good Intentions

This year, instead of rushing willy-nilly into one more new thing, I decided to finish up some of my old projects or at least pass them on to someone who would.  What a relief. Now when I open the back closet I sense order and peace.

I used to impetuously rush out to buy the materials for a new craft I wanted to learn, or fabric for another quilt. I signed up for a class or bought a novel I’d always wanted to read. Does anyone else but me have a closet full of impulsive good intentions? Because I didn’t make time for them, I never sewed a stitch or read a line. And that was the end of it. Or was it?  May I mention the guilty feelings that attacked me whenever I spotted my ‘undones’?

Surprisingly, this clean-up spilled over into the rest of my life. No more starting the vacuum only to leave it in the middle of the floor and grab the duster. No more throwing in a load of wash and discovering the wrinkled, soggy mess two days later. No more feeling guilty over a phone call unmade, or a friendship needing a visit.

Do I still procrastinate? Yes, of course. However, the more I diligently finishing what I start, both my mind and my home are more orderly. You will be pleasantly pleased at the results if you try this for yourself.

But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, Ipress toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13b, KJV)

Prayer: Lord God, thank you for pointing out areas where we waste Your time, money or talents. In Christ. Amen.

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