I was never one for the hullabaloo for New Years Eve. All this excitement to stay up way past my bedtime to watch a ball fall (very slowly, I might add) and then everyone yells and smooches. I never really understood the attraction. Except when I really young and we stayed up until midnight and went outside and banged on pots and pans and yelled Happy New Year!! Our neighbors loved us ;-)
Then you have the Resolutions. Yeah, because those always work out so well. I don't remember 1 resolution that I actually made that I kept...no wait, that I actually remembered come February. Not.a.one.
This year, I did manage to stay up and watch some big ball fall and then text my family a Happy New Years text (personal, I know) and went to bed. The next day I woke up to everyone's social media posts about their resolutions and this and that....I guarantee if I ask them today, a majority of them will have forgotten about them or quit already. That's why they're my friends ;-) <3
Now, don't get me wrong - I love the idea of looking back over the year and set new intentions. Moving forward. For me, resolutions aren't that. Resolutions are crazy thoughts that are usually out of my reach and set me up failure. I recently read this thought "....resolutions seldom work because they are based not the type of person we're tired of being rater than who God wants us to become." YES!
Instead of creating resolutions, I decided to focus on who I want to be and more importantly, who God wants me to be. I love this simple act of choosing 1 word to make your focus for the year. 1 word that can't be broken as easily as resolutions. 1 word that will guide my decisions and choices. 1 word to help me stay on the path God laid out before me and not the path I feel should be taken.
My word is not a big, fancy word. It's something that caught my eye the other night while I was sitting at my desk. I have a word magnet puzzle that I received in a Faith Box (monthly subscription) and I kept coming back to this 1 word. When I pulled the word down and stared at it in my hands, I was over come with emotions. I felt like this past year was a struggle, especially the last few months, and I haven't been able to put my finger on the reason. Until the other night.
My word is restore. I need to be restored with my friendships, business, running, and more importantly my relationship with God. I need to be restored.
My actions, my decisions will be guided through this word: Restore. If the activity is not going to help me restore or reinstate the feelings of connectedness with my friends, my business, or God, then it's not the right path. I know that this may take me outside of my comfort zone a bit, but that is clearly needed! I've been stuck for a while and I am getting way too comfortable here. It's time to move onto healing and being RESTORed!
I'd love to know what your One Word for the year will be!