It could have something to do with 'Peppa Pig' that as I put Lj to bed the other night she sat up and said 'Oh Mummy, we forgot to jump in muddy puddles today.'
Today as we walked around Hatfield forest M was encouraging me to make some New Years resolutions. Meanwhile Lj was jumping in every muddy puddle she could find and MJ was standing by the edge of the puddle considering how deep, how wide and whether he could jump over it.
The experience has left me thinking about my life and the year ahead. Do I need to prioritise time for thinking, considering and planning or should I be more like my daughter and jump into whatever appears on my path without taking the time to think of the consequences. Today Lj ended up whining and having to be carried back to the car because her feet were wet and cold while MJ didn't have such issues...but then Lj had a few moments of great pleasure...yet I'm not sure MJ felt like he had missed out.
My personality is quite serious and cautious which sometimes makes me wonder if I'm missing out and whether I will regret my sensible life.
Yet when I think about what the Christian life should look like I am reminded of the song we were singing in the car on the way to the forest based on Galatians 5 v 22-23. 'The Fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self Control.'. MJ asked the question 'What is the fruit of the Spirit' to which M replied 'They are the things which God would want our life to be full of'.
Perhaps I will stop considering a New Years resolution and whether I should jump in more muddy puddles but instead aim to display the 'Fruits of the Spirit' in 2013.
Happy New Year!