A friend once told me that the perfect time for a new beginning is when the first of a month falls on a Monday. Start the diet, give up the habit, resolve to do better in some aspect of your life…it’s a new week and new month so there is no excuse to not go for it.
I have a habit or two that need to go, and a habit or two I need to resume. So today is the day. But no pressure, right?
The weekend was nice. I took my fourth unit exam and finished the final paper for my Business Ethics class; I will complete the final exam this week and move on to my next course: Organizational Theory. I also finished this crocheted blanket shrug (mine has no fringe).
Yesterday I washed bed linens as I always do on Sundays, but I also washed our down alternative comforter and dried it on a clothesline out back. The natural fragrance that saturates fabrics dried this way is intoxicating. I slept like a baby last night.
Out back, the fuchsia will soon bring forth its blooms and the hummingbirds will become frequent visitors; this plant is right outside our back patio door so we have the perfect viewing spot.
This crazy flower is already blooming; Jessica gave me a packet of seeds during an Oregon trip last year and I randomly threw them into this wine barrel. The California rains came and a whole lot of weeds grew up in the barrel. Tom (with his green thumb) spotted these two among the weeds and cleaned everything up so this is all that remains. These are some kind of day lily and I’m not sure that these are the Oregon flowers but no matter…a happy surprise anyway.
Today’s lesson in Entrusted focused in on 2 Timothy 3:6-9; the passage that illuminated like a neon sign for me were verses 6 and 7:
“For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.”
Oh snap. Oh crap. The “among them” are the people who, in the last days, are lovers of self and money; proud, arrogant, abusive people; ungrateful, unholy, and heartless people; those with no self-control; brutal people; conceited people; lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; and those “having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power”…among those kinds of people are those who prey on the weak (not necessarily just women).
But I think our own lack of self-control, our own desire for pleasure, our own arrogance and pride lead us astray more often than an actual person. I know that’s true for me. While there was a time in my life that I was easily captured and led astray by the influence of others, these days I’m more apt to quietly look like I’m doing just fine but secretly relying on unhealthy ways to cope.
May is bringing forth a rough month of upheaval and the beginning of change in a significant area of my life, and I need to be strong. I’m preparing for it by strengthening my healthy habits and starving the unhealthy ones. Good food, exercise, and restful sleep are in order.
Join me in making May the beginning of healthy changes?
Have a blessed week.