A Little More than Today

January 3, 2015

in Everyday Fruit,Personal Disciplines

Father,

With a whole new year ahead, 365 days can feel like a little too much.

So I start with paper.  And I make a list, a list of all I wish I had done this past year.  All the goals from last year that I didn’t hit.

And though 365 days can feel like a lot, I wonder how in this spinning world there will be a way to hit those targets when I’m really just on the same old orbit around the sun.

Days can feel aimless.

But when I placed my hand on her three year old head and tried to pray a big prayer for her year last night, you seemed to give pointed words.

Instead of some far reaching prayer, some astronomical request, you helped me pray just this:

‘A Little More than Today’

‘Let her find contentment tomorrow a little more than she did today.  Lord, let her cry and fuss a little less than she did today. Let her share more, love her siblings more.  Let her know your love a bit more, feel a tad more of your grace, sense more of your joy.  A little more than she did today.’

Let tomorrow be a little better than today, a little farther in, a little higher up, a little closer to You.

This is the aim as we circle around once more.

And this prayer that you whispered as I spoke over her in the dark?   It’s the prayer I needed for myself.  It’s the way to make this year count for something, to hope for a year full of You.  A little more tomorrow than today, and a little more the day after that and the day after that and the day after that.

365, a little at a time, is not a little too much.  But a chance at a lot more of You.

‘All of us then, reflect the glory of the Lord with uncovered faces; and that same glory, coming from the Lord, who is the Spirit, transforms us into his likeness in an ever greater degree (a little more, day after day after day) of glory.’    2 Corinthians 3:18

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