It has arrived – 2014 is here! There’s something refreshing about beginning a new year, is there?
That new number brings with it endless possibilities for the upcoming 365 days. I tend to dream a little bigger & more colorfully at the start of every year. A new year means a fresh start & that in itself, is a great feeling.
It’s exciting to get motivated & dream & make plans for the year, but I know many of us make “resolutions” only to become overwhelmed or discouraged & ditch them by the second week of February. We vow to work out more or lose weight, write that book or learn to play that instrument, break out of our comfort zones or reinvent ourselves. None of those things will happen overnight so we’ll have to stay consistent & persevere. And let me tell you, those two things completely clash with my natural ability to procrastinate & give up. If you’re looking for someone to do something consistent for about 2 weeks but then get distracted by something shiny, I’m your girl. But if I want to make changes or accomplish my goals, I know it’s the small decisions I’ll make every day that will ultimately get me there.
So along with asking God to help me stay consistent & to persevere this year, I’m also asking the Lord to show me areas of my life where I’m using my time & energy incorrectly. There are projects & even relationships that take more energy & emotion than what is healthy to give. Sometimes we just need to step back & rethink some things. Re-prioritizing can be a really good thing. For 2014, I’m going to focus in on a couple of things & give them the dedication & energy they need in order to complete them well.
Commit your work to the LORD, & your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:3
One of my goals is to finish a children’s book I’ve worked on little by little over the past couple of years. I’m down to the “cleaning up” stage which requires a lot of time & yes, perseverance. Again, this is a tricky task for me because there are a lot of shiny things in my house. The process can be tiring, but if I’m going to be tired from doing something, it better be from doing something awesome & finishing it 100%. Am I right or am I right?
Above all else, I desire to constantly seek God & know His heart more. I can make good plans, admirable goals & have good intentions, but staying focused on Him will keep my priorities in the right order & my energy renewed each day!
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, & he will make your paths straight.
Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21
Let me ask you- is there something that you’re excited to do this year? Maybe it’s finishing a project or investing more time in a friendship. Is there something that you have been meaning to do, but just haven’t taken the time to do it? Who have you wanted to get coffee with, but haven’t yet? Well, my friend, it’s 2014 & this year holds so much potential! So get out there & be the awesome you that you are!
And let’s remember to keep encouraging & motivating each other along the way! It’s the small decisions we will make each day that will lead us to that super-duper-amazing-accomplishment!
Happy 2014! I declare my God as faithful!