A few weeks ago, I pulled my phone out of my purse and was surprised to see a voice mail from Beth, an old colleague and friend. We had worked together for many years, but as our career paths separated, we lost touch.
Whenever she would come to mind, I would think to myself, I need to call Beth. I miss her. But the time never seemed long enough, so I would push the call off.
I listened to her familiar raspy voice in the voice mail and smiled when she said, “My New Year’s Resolution for 2015 is to be a better friend. I am starting with the fiscal year and you are the first call I’m making.”
I loved this because:
a) starting a New Year’s Resolution with the fiscal year is SO Beth.
b) it reminded me that resolutions don’t have to start on January 1. In fact, the fiscal year seemed like a good time to start fresh.
c) friendship is something that can endure, even when long segments of time go by with little to no communication.
Beth’s simple voicemail made a huge impression on me. After returning her call, I reached out to another friend who I hadn’t talked to in a while and reconnected with her. I also sent cards to a few friends who were on my mind, and I became more intentional about writing cards in my fringe hours — a habit that had fallen to the wayside.
Also because of Beth’s voicemail, I have made my own set of resolutions. From making my bed each morning and getting back into the habit of praying first thing to goal-setting at work, June has been a month of renewed priorities. I embraced her idea of fiscal year resolutions and I’m starting fresh.
One simple voicemail created a positive domino effect in my life. Of course, it could have gone another way. I could have beaten myself up over being a “bad” friend and made a million excuses about why we hadn’t spoken in so long. But what good would that have done?
In Lamentations 3:22-23 it says:
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
His mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness.”
Like the Lord’s mercies, we need to be merciful with ourselves and love well.
Beth’s call reminded me of both of those truths.
Is there someone in your life that you could reach out to today? Or do you have a resolution that you can start today? Share about either — or both — in the comments. Let’s encourage one another!