HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Goodness gracious, I can’t believe it is 2019. It feels like just yesterday we were counting down the seconds to 2018. It’s crazy how fast time flies and how quickly life moves. I am seriously so excited about this coming year, a lot of new has happened in my life in the last six months, and the only way I made it through was by seeking lots and lots of wise counsel. I was brainstorming on what 2019 would look like for Simply Madi, and one thing was beyond evident to me. Simply Madi would not even be a thing without all the wise people I have been blessed by throughout my life. So, I thought we would kick off the New Year by hearing from five people whom I adore.
I am seriously SO excited to introduce you to LaNita Edmondson, LaNita and I met when I was a young 16 year old at Rockpointe Church in Flower Mound. LaNita and I were paired up to help with Cross Training which is our church’s version of VBS to lead a group of kiddos put on a one-act musical. I immediately fell in love with her energy and enthusiasm for people. Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago when I had the pleasure of sitting next to LaNita on a van on the way to a high school youth retreat. I was immediately reminded of her passion for others and amazing gift of listening, and since then I knew I needed to have her share her heart on the blog.I hope you enjoy her as much as I do. . .
So, this isn’t the blog post I’d intended to submit. Originally, I’d written something completely different. Madi asked me to write in the vein of “New Year, New Me” and so I did. But then I had a ton of people over last night and their conversations got me to thinking….
Now before I get going, allow me introduce myself….my name is LaNita. I’m a wife and mom of three who is currently studying to become a Biblical Counselor. I love to travel, love musical theater like I love to breathe, and I looove to read! I put JK Rowling right at the top of my list alongside Lewis, Tolkein, and Roosevelt… Eleanor that is. But my most favorite thing in the whole wide world is people. I love to be with people!
Last night, I had a house full of girls home from their first semester of college. It was music to my ears and a balm to my soul! What a joy to listen as they excitedly unpacked much of what they are studying in their classes. There was a common fascination amongst all the girls, regardless of major, with learning about people and what makes them tick. I listened to talk of genetics and DNA, predispositions and environmental factors. I listened to talk that arrived at various conclusions with such finality that it shocked me.
They spoke with such certainty, arriving at the position that people make their life choices based on factors beyond their control or responsibility. I heard lots of, “Studies have shown that…” and, “We now know that the way people thought ten years ago is now completely false”. Guess what? Ten years from now, professors will be making the same statement about that which you are so convinced is true right now.
Here’s the thing, knowledge brings wisdom, but what kind of wisdom do you wish to cultivate in your life? The wisdom of God, or the wisdom of man? So in the vein of “New Year, New Me” here is some solid truth to consider…
1Cor 3:18-19 Stop deceiving yourselves. If you think you are wise by this world’s standards, you need to become a fool to be truly wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As the Scriptures say, “He traps the wise in the snare of their own cleverness”
The new year brings many an opportunity to start fresh. And worldly wisdom says that we can remake those things that were broken or unfinished in the past. Worldly wisdom says that you can wipe away the stains of poor choices or regret of chances not taken. Worldly wisdom says that things are not your fault, you are genetically doomed to be a certain way. So in our own power we begin to research…build plans for ourselves…dive into the seeking of new ways to do things…anything that will bring us closer to the “ideal” us that we envision. We promise ourselves that this year is going to be different, this year…we will make positive changes…and that’s great….except, did you catch how many times I just said ‘I’ or ‘we’?
Hear this…to view ourselves, others and circumstances through the lens of our own wisdom will bring much falsehood and misery. But to seek God’s wisdom in all that you do, to ask Him who created you, “Lord, what would You have me change? Lord, will you forgive me of the sin of being consumed with self…and Lord help me by your power to live a life for You…not for me.” I want to encourage you to start the New Year with the mindset that says: “God, I want to be in right standing with You. Every hour of every day, may my thoughts stray to You. I want to walk in Your ways, I want to live in Your love, and I want that to spill out of me and be evident in my words and actions.” New Year, New You? Yes! But lasting and true change is only possible by the power of the Holy Spirit living in you. If you don’t have that, if you have no idea what I’m talking about and want to know more, I’d love to talk with you.
It was so nice to meet you, I send you all big hugs, lots of love, and wishes for you Happy New Year and New You with God!