Green Eggs or Ham?
Heyyyyy girl hey! Happy new year and welcome to 2018. So let’s get down to brass tacks…We are officially 1 week into the new year, the first 7 days have come and gone. How about those new year resolutions? 😊 (Are we still doing those?)
Some time ago, I let go of the long-standing tradition of coming up with some plans for the year that were quite lofty and worthwhile yet unrealistic all at the same time. Instead, I shifted to a reflection of what took place in the last year and what I would like to focus on in the new year – what 2 or 3 things I’d like to focus my attention on and commit to during the next 365 days.
Along those lines, one of my favorite quotes is by Martina Navritilova…
“The difference between
involvement and commitment
is like ham and eggs.
The chicken is involved, the pig
So my 2018 new year, new you question is this…which are you, just involved or fully committed?
Published in the 1960s, and a well known fictional piece of literature by the infamous Dr. Seuss is the infamous “Green Eggs and Ham”. In this book, children around the world were introduced to a wily character named Sam-I-am, who spent the span of the book trying to get another unnamed character to indulge in the green eggs and ham.
As the 4th best selling English-language children’s hardcover book of all time, the value of eggs and ham is playfully touted in this literature. Although cheeky, it got me thinking back to Ms. Navratilova’s quote…am I merely involved in what is going on in my life or am I truly committed?
A few days into the new year we’ve been graced to see, I sat and reflected on 2017 and my own ham vs eggs scenario. As I journeyed from January through the summer, into the fall and finished up in December….wow, what a journey. In every area of my life, I experienced phenomenal growth, was placed before new audiences and was privileged to walk through doors truly only the Lord God Himself could have opened.
For Kelli Michelle Oldham,
2017 was a wonderful year!
As I continued to ponder, I recalled that this wonderful year had followed 2 challenging years. For the 365 days of growth, whole life prosperity, abundance of joy, love and peace that I had experienced, it followed 730 days of challenges.
But now on the other side of these 3 years, it occurred to me that what I was ultimately committed to was seeing the promise God made me in the book of Psalms.
Chapter 27, verse 11 and 13 say in the Message Bible:
“Point me down your highway, God;
direct me along a well-lighted street;
show my enemies whose side you’re on.
I’m sure now I’ll see God’s goodness
in the exuberant earth.
Stay with God!
Take heart. Don’t quit.
I’ll say it again:
Stay with God.”
He says it another way in verses 13 and 14 in the New King James version:
“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.
Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!”
And now that I’ve looked back – gleaning insight into how I arrived to this day – I’ve made a conscience decision to focus my sights on what is ahead. I’ve seen a lot of commentary about not looking back. However, I’ve learned that there is value in viewing the past…the key is just not to get stuck there. At some point, your gaze must shift to the future. You learn from the past so you know what not to insert or allow into your future.
What will I commit to imparting, serving and experiencing in 2018? Not just involved in, but what will I commit to in this new year I’ve been graced to be able to see?
And that is how life truly flows.
There are ups and downs, challenging moments and times followed by seasons of great joy.
I’m not tooting my own horn for the level of commitment I had to push through those tough years, rather, my goal is to encourage other Peculiar Chix to remain just that in 2018…Committed and Peculiar. To take the good with the bad, the joy with the pain and to be grateful to God that we were able to move through all of it…with our head held high, shoulders back, sashaying and slaying ‘em everywhere we go!
Peculiar enough to not quit when the proverbial going gets tough.
Peculiar enough to not allow the bad to become our swan song…rather our faith statement that this is not the end of the story – there are more chapters to our book of life.
Peculiar enough to trust God in spite of what we have been seeing in our lives.
Peculiar enough to not allow our past choices and past life experiences dictate the amazingness of our future that lies ahead.
Peculiar enough to believe in 2018, that we are indeed “…a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people…from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.” (1 Peter 2:9)
So we’re 7 days into this new year.
Are you committed to experiencing your dreams? Are you committed to pushing through the challenging times knowing that they aren’t the last chapter? Are you committed to giving, loving, supporting, encouraging and strategizing like never before? Are you fully committed?
So which are you Peculiar Chix, the involved egg or the committed ham?
Love ya girlie!
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