I recently read a book called “The Happiness Project.” Author Gretchen Rubin realizes that by making small changes in her everyday life, she can transform herself into a happier person. This book follows a year in her life as she makes changes in her outlook on her work, marriage, children, and hobbies.
Overall she makes the conscious decision that in everything she does, she is going to be herself, instead of an idealized version of who she thinks she should be. Her theory is that by being herself she will be truly happy.
As the New Year gets into full swing, I cannot help but ponder this theory. Will being truly myself make me truly happy? Maybe. It might be worth the effort to try it out. But that begs the question: who am I, truly? In order to answer that question, I need to start with another question: Whose am I, truly? I want to be able to answer those questions for myself as a person and as a pastor. That is why, this year, my resolution is to spend more time in prayer.
Prayer is a conversation with God. Prayer is how we commune with God. Prayer starts with God. Through prayer we understand better who God is and who we are. Prayer comes in many different shapes and sizes that I want to explore. Therefore, I will be dedicating an hour each week to prayer. On Wednesdays from 10:00 to 11:00 am, I will be in the sanctuary, praying.
I encourage you, in this New Year, to answer for yourself some of these same questions: Who are you, truly? Whose are you, truly? And if you would like, please join me in prayer.
Blessings, Pastor Rebekah