I was talking with a friend recently and shared the struggles and hardships of 2015. It was a year of great joy, celebration and deep growth. But it was also a year of busy. Each season felt more full than the last and there were countless days (and let’s be honest, months) where I just was trying to make it through.
I want 2016 to be a year of thriving, bravery and flourishing in every season. I desire to not just “make it until midnight” each day but to put down roots, grow, make brave choices that compel each day to be full of purpose & beauty.
One of my favorite passages in the bible is Psalm 1
Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.
I want 2016 to be rooted in truth, in His promises, and in contentment. I don’t want to get to December 31st this year and say “Whew, I survived another crazy year!” I want to be praising God for His guidance, provision and growth in my life.
My most fulfilling year would be using MY unique gifts, let go of comparison, embrace how he created me to be (all those quirks and failures too!) and celebrate the accomplishments of others.
A year of purpose would mean saying NO to what doesn’t matter, focusing in on my unique tasks and influence and delegating so others may shine brightly.
A year that is rooted in Christ would begin with truth and end with thanksgiving. I want 365 days marked with grace and gratitude.
A year of bravery is making choices that scare me and push me to step out in faith.
A year of flourishing begins with being well rested. I want to make time to cook nourishing food, swim laps at the Y and work hard so I can embrace margin & rest.
My 2016 is a year of flourishing-it’s full of truth, margin, grace, gratitude, nourishment, laughter, community, joy and strong coffee.
How about you friends? Do you have a word for the year? What would your most intention, fulfilling year look like?