Happy 2019, Friends! I am so excited for what God has in store this year, I could burst! What about you? How are you feeling about the upcoming year? What are you looking forward to?
Our first day of 2019 started with taking the family to see Mary Poppins Returns in the cinema. There were so many magical, touching moments in the film that may have left a knot in my throat and a tear in my eye. While watching movies, I absolutely love to listen for meaningful words and phrases, ones that I can take away and "chew" on for the rest of the day, or perhaps even the remainder of the year. For instance, when I watched The Greatest Showman for the first time, the song "This is Me" impacted me dramatically and left me with the word "warrior" to reflect on and, later, encouraged me to take courageous steps many, many times in 2018.
There were two phrases that made me gasp, both quoted by Mary Poppins: "Today is now" and "Everything is possible... even the impossible". I wish I could remember the scene better for the first phrase and I haven't found the relevant clip on YouTube, unfortunately. Today is now, isn't it? It means not to put off what you could do today until tomorrow. Take small, penny-sized steps to create change today. Whatever your goals and dreams may be for 2019, start to take the necessary steps to make them a reality. No step forward is too small. It's still progress.
If you'd like to pay off debt this year, the first step for you may be to figure out how much debt you have by listing all of your debts out on a piece of paper, smallest to largest, and create a plan (i.e. budget) to paying off the debt. If you'd like to save a certain amount this year, write down how much you'd like to save and by when, the divide the number of months or paydays until the date to figure out how much you'd need to save each month to reach your goal by that date.
One of our BIG goals is to pay off our mortgage early... very early... as in, the next 5 years. So, how did Jeff and I spend our NYE?? By taking a close look at our mortgage - romantic, eh?! We looked at how much we have left to pay off. Yes, it's a big number. We looked at the conditions of overpaying the monthly mortgage payment. We then agreed to how we'd accomplish over payments each month by looking at our budget - then we transferred our very first over payment... just a couple hours before the stroke of midnight. Gasp! I don't want to spoil the ending of Mary Poppins Returns for you, so I won't say any more... but there's a parallel I just realised while typing this! Today is NOW... I'll leave it at that.
"But Lauren, I'm in such a hole financially, I'll never get out", you may be thinking. Or perhaps you're thinking, "Lauren, how can I save a 3-6 month emergency fund when I can barely make to payday?" Mary Poppins reply would be "Everything is possible, even the impossible." I couldn't even believe this is in the movie. It's almost Biblical! In fact, it's almost the same as the verse in Mark (10:27), "Jesus looked at them and said, 'With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God." Furthermore, when the angel Gabriel explained to Mary that her relative, Elizabeth, is going to have a child, even in her old age, Luke 1:37 states - "For nothing is impossible with God." This impacted me in a new way this Christmas as I boldly move forward with Finding the Pennies despite how impossible I see the task ahead of me.
I pray that you find encouragement in these quotes from Mary Poppins Returns and the Bible. I pray with the freshness of a new year, you take action today to work towards your goals, whether they're financial or not - with God, ALL things are possible.