The new year is here.  Obviously you know this.  And if you are wondering, no, this is not going to be a challenge about New Year’s Resolutions or how to stick to your goals.  There’s enough of that out there.  It’s not a bad thing, just not what I need in my life right now, and maybe you don’t either.

December brought many things for me.  Fun, anticipation, laughter, joy, mess after mess to clean up, memories, growth, stretching and more growth.  Digging deep into last month’s challenge brought me face to face with how many hours of my years have been wasted on performing and caring if other people valued my choices.  I am talking hours upon hours of wasted time.

Wasted and gone.

And now all of these ideas of how to do this better or that more efficiently are plastered everywhere. Ways to make myself better, my kids better, my husband better, my better better.  Not only on social media, but blogs and in conversation.  Being better is all the buzz.  Again, it’s not a bad thing, just not what I need right now.

Right now, I simply need excellence.

God’s excellence.

Not what your definition for excellence is.  Not my definition for excellence.  God’s.

That’s it.

Every voice apart from that perks my performing heart and I am done performing.  I am done adding unnecessary voices into my life and putting expectations on myself and others that are not mine to pass out or to take on.

No more wasted time.  No more.

I want and desire only what is noble, what is right and pure, what is lovely and what is excellent for me and my family in God’s eyes (Philippians 4:8).  Nothing more, and nothing less.  I want to delight in what the Lord has for you, and freely delight in what is intended for me.

Freedom.

Ladies, this month your challenge is:  Pursue the Lord’s excellence.  Cultivate and sow seeds of excellence into yourself and your family.  Not seeds that God has given to someone else, but the seeds that have been given to you.  In yourself, your marriage and for each child you have, plant your steps firmly so that you are free to have favor and abundance poured over you flowingly.   

I know this sounds a little redundant to last month’s challenge, but it’s very different.  When we stop performing, a space opens up in our heart to pursue true excellence.  The Lord’s excellence, not man’s.  And we need to make a calculated decision to displace all of the other voices with God’s.  Displace dead expectations with God’s excellence.  The value of what is good to others with the love and value of Christ.  And that looks different for each heart and family.

Please join me this month in walking boldly and courageously in the Lord’s excellence. Day by day,  let us choose our seeds wisely and take every thought captive. Let us seek what is for today and what is for another time, or maybe never.  And let us believe that while there are many, many good things and well intentioned people with ideas and know-how, it’s ok for those ways to not to be for us right now, or to never look the same.

The time we have is precious and appointed and is to be worked hard for and protected.  To be enjoyed for the Lord, not imposed upon by the schemes to distract us.  We are His workmanship and He is to be our delight forevermore.  Don’t let the enemy steal the diamonds from the treasures God has for you, or even trample the smallest flower bed you are planting.  Wasted time and wasted efforts are not what is waiting for us.  Let us find our focus in the Lord’s excellence and nothing more.

“Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”  (2 Corinthians 3:17)

May the Lord be our freedom.

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