The fall turned out to be a time where the "best made plans" definitely did not happen. I love to plan! I enjoy it and it is a humourous comment in our home that mom always has a plan. I work best from routine and structure.
This fall the Lord had other plans as my previously posted health adventure changed the shape of my plans. I must say it was difficult to not be able to get everything accomplished that I intended to do. For the most part I was content with not participating in as much, but I also didn't want to get stuck in a place of not moving forward.
The last few weeks I have been reminded of how much our health affects everything we do. Our physical activity, our mental coping , our spiritual depth and soul searching of the future are all impacted. In the stillness I learned to listen more than "do". I learned to be quiet and content instead of getting caught up in the busyness of life. You see if it was left up to me, I probably wouldn't slow down but would probably take on more things to do or people to see just because that is who I am. I approached Christmas differently this year, normally by the time Christmas day arrives I am exhausted and I knew that this year I couldn't afford for that to happen. As a family we have cut back considerably, the entertaining will be minimal and we will focus on being together and celebrating the time together as family.to celebrate our Lord's birth.
When you are confronted with a change in your plans, it makes you take inventory of what really matters to you. Suddenly the things or events you thought were important get pushed to the bottom of the list. The people and occasions that you value you the most rise to the top!
This holiday season I hope you can reflect on the year past and think about what you valued the most. If your best made plans were to go unfufilled how would you react? Are you more about who you are in position, status and possessions or about the relationships that bring your the most joy and peace in your life. Take inventory as the year ends and perhaps think about how 2013 should help you evaluate what and whom should go to the top of your list.