.The new year is here. Time to make your list of resolutions for the year. A few years ago I stopped making resolutions and instead began choosing a word that represents what I want to focus on. In the past I've chosen words like joy or shine or intentional. It's not always easy to narrow it down to just one word. In fact this year I couldn't. So I've decided on 2 words that I feel go together for 2017.
My first word is PASSION. Passion is when you put more energy into something than is required to do it. It is more than enthusiasm or excitement. Passion is when you put as much heart, mind, body and soul into something as is humanly possible.
This season of my life is full of change and growth. I've started a new career. My husband has started a non-profit. Our oldest son is engaged and our youngest will start high school this year. There is so much life going on in our house everyday. I sometimes find myself just going through the motions....going through the lists and agenda for the day...the week....the month.....taking care of all the urgent needs and barely surviving.....then before you know it another year is GONE!! I don't want to just barely survive, I want to thrive. I want to experience life to the fullest.
There are many things in my life that I'm passionate about but I don't always pursue them. I will feel a pull or a little voice telling me to do something but I will ignore it. That's where my second word comes into the picture.....FEARLESS.
Too many times I allow fear to take over and convince me not to do something. I forget that I am intelligent, gifted and created by God for a unique purpose. I allow the opinions and noise of others to discourage me from pursuing my passions. I fear what others might think. I fear taking a risk. I fear that the lies about my abilities are true. I let the fear control me. But not anymore. I want to be fearless when it comes to life and careless when it comes to what people may think or say about me. I want to be brave enough to be me everyday. I want to keep showing up with love, joy and grace in the real everyday mess of life.
This year I want to be FEARLESS as I live life with PASSION. want to listen to the small voices and promptings from God in my spirit and act upon them. I want to live out my purpose in small ways everyday. I don't want to live each day waiting for something to change or waiting for something to happen. I don't want to live another year weighed down by doubt or fear. I want to live fully in the freedom, hope, joy and promises of Christ.
And when 2017 brings challenges or even disappointments, I want to face them with determination and gratitude for the growth that they will bring to my faith and my character. I will let them make me stronger, smarter and kinder. I can trust that God is in control and His plan never fails.
I'm excited to see what this year brings as I focus on being fearless in pursuing my passions.
I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, a VBS crafter, a coupon clipper, a thrift store shopper, a football fan, a cook, a student of the Bible and an avid reader.