Things to do for 2021, in no particular order:
Meditate on things that make you smile.
Think about things that are beautiful.
Sit on the porch and look for birds.
Listen to a kind of music that you have never listened to. Put the effort in to appreciate something different. Beauty is worth the effort.
Listen to someone who has different political views without viewing them as an enemy to be destroyed. You might learn something. At least you will be stronger in your own conviction. You might actually change your mind about something.
Understand that changing your mind about something is absolutely necessary for spiritual growth.
Kiss your spouse every day.
Quit thinking all the time about who is in charge and simply enjoy the ride.
Slow down. Smell the wine. Swirl it around the tongue. Try to understand what the label is talking about.
Think about the people you are going to hug when this is all over.
Call someone who is lonely and ask them how you can pray for them.
Stop being afraid of everything.
Go outside and walk beside a river.
Find a bird sanctuary and sit and listen. Leave your phone at home.
Give a cold bottle of water to a homeless person on a hot day.
Quit dividing the world into us and them. Reject all notions of the “repugnant cultural other”, and learn to honor the dignity of the image-bearer of God in front of you, no matter who they are.
Buy a coloring book and crayons.
Forget the label and just have chips and queso. Just know when to stop.
Clean out your closets. You might find a memory.
Wear the clothes that you like to wear.
Buy a pair of fabulous socks.
Pray for your pastor every day.
For each of the things above, for the crisp air, the fabulous wine, the birds in the sanctuary, the sound of the river, the flowers in the grass, the chips and queso, the colors and sounds and textures – just stop for a minute and give thanks to our great God and Father, who makes all things.
And give thanks to Christ who has redeemed us by his blood and made us kings and priests.
And give thanks to the Holy Spirit who breathes life into us so that we can see and hear and taste and touch and marvel and the wisdom and beauty and faithfulness of our Father.
O that men would praise the Lord for his covenant faithfulness, for his works of wonder among the children of men!
Happy New Years!