There is something wonderful about starting the new year. When you think about it, anything new is almost always loved. New clothes, new gadgets, new cars, new houses. We love to start over with something fresh and different. The new year is no different. The beginning of January always feels so hopeful to me. So much unknown lies ahead, and it feels good to start over, make some changes and expect better.
I have never been one to make resolutions. They always seemed a bit silly to me. As if the new year suddenly gave one magical powers to overcome things they never have been able to before. I avoid them. But I don’t avoid self reflection and being intentional with with my goals and the beginning of the year is great time to do that.
For the past few years I have chosen a single word to focus on. Just one area of my life that I wanted to make improvements on or make a theme in my life. It’s not something I take lightly. It’s not something I chose on a whim, but prayerfully consider. It’s not necesarily a spiritual word. Then again everything is in a sense spiritual when Christ is the centre of our lives, and we invite Him to clean up our mess. Last year I chose the word “GROW”. I wanted to be stretched, challenged and motivated to learn and change. I forgot one thing though. It’s kind of funny to me now.
Growth is painful.
It just is. Being stretched and challenegd is anything but comfortable.
Thankfully I forgot that when I chose the word, because grow I did and to be honest it was a very hard year. I wouldn’t change it for anything, because I learned so much in the process. I grew as a person, in my relationship in Christ and as a leader. It was so hard, but so good. I have changed so much for the better. But honestly, I am so glad it’s over, ha ha. Of course I will never settle to stay the same, I will strive for growth and improvement always, but it’s a new year with a new focus and I am excited about that.
This year, the word I chose is DREAM.
I have had so many dreams stored in my heart for so long. I have been stuffing them aside for longer than I want to admit, and God is telling me it’s time to take them out. They are His dreams after all, and they have been put in my heart for a reason. I am so excited and hopeful, for big and beautiful dreams. It’s going to be great year!
What do you do to start a new year? I would love to hear about it!
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C. S. Lewis