Happy New Year! David here.
It’s a brand new year full of possibility, hope, and opportunity. I was listening to a podcast from John Eldredge earlier in the week on an alternate to making New Year’s resolutions. Let’s face it these resolutions never really last as either they are too ambitious or not ambitious enough. John’s approach is to ask God for the theme of the year. Here’s the link (click on the image below) to the podcast if you’re curious to find out some more:
Asking God for a theme or some words for the year doesn’t need to be a super spiritual exercise, it’s simply a question, the answer may be immediate or come later, but when it does come it helps to write in somewhere and then reflect during the year how these words have shaped your year.
It’s a dance, it’s a balance, holding on and letting go
– Every Road by Amy Grant
In addition to asking for your theme how about asking yourself some intentional questions about what you want to grab hold of and maybe let go of this year. Again, writing these answers or goals down helps, if fact it’s essential.
- What is a destination I would like to visit?
- What is something new I would like to try?
- What do I want to spend more time doing?
- What is a habit I am going to break?
- What do I want to do/be better at?
- What would I like to work harder at?
- What is a skill I’d like to learn or improve upon?
A New Year affords the potential for us to grow and become more our true selves. May the beginning of this year fill you with possibility, hope, and opportunity. May you return to the theme or words that God gives you during the year and use these as markers along the road you travel. May you remember that every road you travel leads you to and back to the one who directs your path.