When my children were younger, I would constantly hear friends who had older children tell me to enjoy each minute of every age, because time passes so quickly. Little did I realize until the last few years how critically true that is.
As I look at the faces of my children, I no longer simply see little noses and blue eyes and sweet laughs, I see people. I see individual personalities with specific likes and dislikes. I see individual tastes of fashion, decorating and activity preferences. I see unique gifts that God has given them, as each one of them has a soft spot in their heart for different things – for example one of them has a heart for disabled children, one loves animals and babies, and one of them cannot stand to see anyone cry or hurt. I see little people who have different talents, such as art, music and sports. My older ones have a passion for missions work, while my younger one is still learning who Jesus really is.
I see little people that are quickly (too quickly, I might add) growing into the unique, individual, and amazing individuals that God destined them to be. People who will one day be used by God in amazing ways, if they say yes to whatever He lays on their hearts, and continue to depend on Him throughout their lives. Although I would love to keep them young forever, I know that they must grow, and I am so excited to see the amazing people that they will one day become.
As we think about another new year starting up again, it is so easy to make surface level resolutions. Sure, I plan to work on losing the eight pounds that I have gained over the last few months. I hope to stick to my exercise regimen each day, and maybe do better at balancing my checking account.
But most of all, I pray that I will allow God to use me, in whatever way He chooses. I pray that through my conversations with Him, He will make it clear to me what His will is for me in 2010. Maybe it could be something huge and unexpected and exciting. Or maybe it can be to simply be a good servant. To be a good mom. To be a good wife. To be a good neighbor. To be a good writer. To be a good speaker. To be whatever/whoever God has planned for me to be, even if it was not on my to-do list for the year.
So as you think about 2010 quickly approaching, and all the plans you have for yourself, take time to stop and pray and ask God to reveal what His plans are for you. You see, no matter how old we are, we can still ask God to turn us into the people that He destined us to be.
We dont have to be young, to be usable. We dont have to be perfect, to be usable. We dont even have to be talented or fabulous to be usable, we just have to be willing.
We are not simply embarking on a new year, but a new adventure, if we allow God to take the wheel of our life as we drive forward into the next year.