A New Year’s Resolution to Embrace the Interrupted Life

January 5, 2015

It’s that time of year. The time of year for “resolutions.”

It’s the time when people make promises to themselves.

They promise that they will do more.

They promise that they will be more.

They make promises to themselves that they will be better people. Most of these promises turn out to be empty promises, of course. But we are still compelled, at least annually, to reflect on our successes and failures, and try to do better.

I cannot remember a year of my adult life when I did not want to do more, be more, be better in everything I did.

That can be exhausting, the relentless pursuit of better. Better is almost never enough. And so we get back on the treadmill next year, determined that this time will be different. We won’t let ourselves down this time.

I spent the last week of 2014 tending to my new son. Our first child. A long time coming.

Before he came, I had plenty of fears about all of the things I would now not be able to do, not be able to accomplish, not be able to promise myself. I feared that my life would go into standby mode.

I’m back at work today though. My life is not in standby mode. But it occurred to me as I read my son his first bedtime story (a completely unproductive activity to do with a five-day-old) that this is what life is supposed to be like.

There are moments in our lives, even whole seasons which are not designed for pursuing more, for chasing better. There are seasons which are meant to be less, to be quiet, to be a retreat from all of the things the world says we should do. This is the way God has designed life to be.

So maybe you have a new baby, and maybe not. But maybe you are in a season of life when it is okay to be content with less, with doing things a little bit slower, with being a little less ambitious, with things being a little bit quieter. Make peace with this season. Don’t fight it. It is our culture of celebrity, consumerism and glittery churches that tell you that it’s never enough.

It is enough, just to exist today.

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Happy New Year, friends. I hope yours is as blissfully unproductive, interrupted, and contented as I think mine is going to be.

6 responses to A New Year’s Resolution to Embrace the Interrupted Life

  1. I love this – it is enough, just to exist today.

    Congratulations, again. Enjoy these sweet days of just being with your son.
    Jenn recently posted..New Year Resolutions: The Things that Matter

  2. A refreshing read and confirms how I feel exactly about resolutions at New Year’s. There are certain expectations placed on us though, as well as at Christmas, that if you aren’t doing like the masses, you are somehow falling short. Wish we, in the church especially, could get past this. Congrats on your sweet new baby and Happy New Year to you all.

  3. My maternity leave was 10 years at home with my sweet baby boys. I loved every minute of our time just existing. My sweet babies are 21 & 18. Spend a lot of time smelling your baby. And wondering at God.
    Shalom

  4. Could there be a sweeter picture? I’ve been behind on some of my favorite blogs for the past month or so, and realized I had to get back to check on your blessed event. Congratulations seems like such a weak word, but there it is…congratulations, and blessings, and every other word in the dictionary that conveys the same general sentiment to you and Cheri and little Miles Appling. A most blessed event indeed.
    Lucie recently posted..In Which I Remember That It’s Christmas

  5. I am in the middle of such a season. At the beginning of June I lost my job the same day my father-in-law fell and broke his hip. He has not been able to go back to his home and I have been spending my days taking care of his affairs, doing stuff around the house, and helping folks in our church. I don’t know how long it will last, but I am trying to trust that God knows all that.
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