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Letter to Self

It’s Leap Year 2016. I was looking up ideas of fun ways to celebrate this with the family and I read about writing letters to ourselves. So I thought, hey! Cool idea.

The idea met with some resistance from the rest of the crowd, but they eventually and good-naturedly sat down with me after dinner to write themselves a letter, not to be opened until February 29, 2020.

Here’s just a quick sneak peak at mine: I wondered about the physical circumstances of my life and how they will be different; what jobs will we be doing, will we still be in the same house? But more importantly, how will God have shaped and changed me? What aspects of who I am will have grown and matured?

I like the idea of reading a letter to myself; it’s kind of like a time capsule. Will I look back in four years and laugh? Or (and this is more terrifying) will so little have changed that it will be like reading a post-it note from yesterday alongside the grocery list.

The last paragraph of my letter was a promise to do my best so that, when I meet with myself four years from now, I can share all I’ve been and done since we last spoke. And that is a promise I think we can all make to ourselves, every day.

Seek Wonder

I’m a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. I like the feel of a reset, and I’m pretty good at not beating myself up when (not if!) I fall short of my expectations. The last few years have seen very pragmatic resolutions like “get up earlier” and “exercise more”. On these matters I may safely say that I fell quite short of my goal.

This year, one of my intentions for 2016 is to seek wonder. I was very good at this through my childhood all the way into my marriage. However, there is something about endless loads of laundry, housekeeping, demanding children and the busy practicalities of life that erode away wonder and childlike delight. And it’s the childlike that enter the kingdom of God.

Seeking wonder doesn’t mean you need to get weird and believe in fairies, like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (though, I’ll just say with Shakespeare that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of). Seek wonder in the light that shines through crystal snow. Delight in the fog that creates a Camelot out of downtown Vancouver. The warmth of a child’s hand trustingly held in yours. There are endless ways God has gifted us with wondrous things if we are willing to see.