Like many people I begin each year with a bit of soul searching. I look back on the previous year and take a mental snapshot of the progress I have made since the same time 12 months ago. I have to admit that the older I get, the more lack of progress I notice. I find myself using ‘old guy’ phrases like “Where did the last twelve months go?” and “It seems like last January was only a few weeks ago.” When I see my little nieces back home in Colorado each December I have to work hard to refrain myself from using the cliché statements like “Wow, you have gotten so big!” or “I remember when you were just a baby.” I hated that stuff when I was a kid, and it scares me a little to think that I have gotten old enough to understand why adults say such stupid things.

I hate how fast time seems to go by, and how I have resolved myself to a life that picks up speed exponentially each year. I have a calendar on my wall at work right now with scheduled activities that go clear through 2011. I have no doubts that I will look back in a year and wonder what the heck happened to the last 12 months. How can I slow it all down?

My prayer for 2011 is to open my heart and surrender each day to the Lord to use as he wishes. To take 5 minutes each morning and surrender my will and live out God’s plan. They say that life is what happens when you are making other plans. What if we were able to live in the moments that God has given us, and let the plans work themselves out according to His will?

I know it sounds simple. 5 minutes each morning to meditate on the gift we have been given. 5 minutes to breathe in the grace of salvation. 5 minutes to give it all up and admit our imperfections. I’m praying that investment of time will slow down the year and help me appreciate the small things that paint our lives with color.

“Thank you Lord for the gift of life and another year. I pray that my messed up human self will be covered by your grace, and that I can bring glory to your vision.”

Isaiah 40:31
But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.