// Words words words//
Statistics show that 30% of people make New Years Resolutions. I stopped doing that a couple years ago because it does not work for me. Im too lazy and forgetful and I really just do not have any will power to keep a random and honestly unrealistic promise that I made to myself. And then after I fail, I feel really bad because I do not like to brake promises.
My youth minister once spoke about how she does New Years resolutions differently then most. She chooses one word to think about for the year, like a theme. I have now been doing that for the past two years and she is basically a Genius! I think and pray about what word I should choose and then start applying it to every aspect of my life. Usually the word sticks out at me and it does not take me long to choose because my flaws, problems and weaknesses are obvious and probably God has been yelling at me for the past ten months to fix it.
Two years ago I chose communication. I have always been shy and do not like to talk. But part of growing up is to get over shyness and learn how to verbally express ideas and learn when to say something and when not to say something. I chose this theme mainly because I was having a hard time communicating with my parents but it ended up helping me in all aspects of my life: school, extracurriculars and leadership positions.
Last year I chose relationships. I wanted to focus on my personal relationship with the Lord and developing deeper relationships with my college friends. I found that building deeper relationships with college friends to be tough because you have not known them their entire lives, you do not necessarily know their background and their parents and all of their embarrassing moments that shaped who they are. Part of that was also that I had to force myself to open up and use some of the communication skills I learned the year before. The funny part about picking a word to be your theme is that God can use it in unexpected ways. One of my main points of picking relationship as my word was that I did not want to date anyone. I was always dating someone, and I wanted to focus completely on growing my relationship with the Lord. The first few months of the year were as planned, I grew and loved the Lord, he was what I focused on completely. I also becomes closer to new and old friends. Then during the summer I went to Camp which was not what I had completely planned but turned out to be the Best Thing Ever!! I made different kinds of relationships with extraordinary campers. I was a leader but also a friend and then they loved me right back for just being me. Lastly near the end of the year, God gave me a wonderful and godly boyfriend. Yes, you are probably thinking: didn’t I say that I did not want a boyfriend? You would be correct. But God is funny and ironic and I guess he thought that if my word is relationship then my Facebook status should say that “I am in a relationship”. That brought its own happiness, challenges, laughs and tears. But basically this year and word has been full of so much growth that I am so thankful for.
Now to what I really meant to write about today: What should my word be for this year? what is my theme of 2014? Unlike the past years the word has not jumped out at me. Many words are quietly pulsing in the back of my mind just waiting to be recognized. I have thought about “shine” and “glow” but lately as I have been thinking about being intentional with my choice of word that maybe my word should be intentional. I want to be intentional with every aspect of my life:
- my time: this is a big one! I am prone to get super busy with worldly or even pointless things that I leo not feel like I have time to read the bible and quietly listen to the Lord. So instead of Facebook stalking people that I have not spoken to since middle school, I want to be intentional with what I am doing. This is going to be challenge, I may even have to delete the Facebook… dun dun duunn
- my relationships: yes that word keeps coming up. i want to be intentional about how I talk and interact with people. I want to initiate plans with people I may not see very often and be intentional on making sure I know what is going on in their lives so that I can be there for them. I do not just want to fall into the habit of silly gossip or just talking about my shallow life.
- my health: this may not seem like a christian topic and may just look like a typical New Years resolution but I still think it should be part of my theme. I think God wants us to be healthy, though I think our soul is more important than our bodies and i know one day our physical bodies will fail us I think it is still important to nourish and take care of them. Our bodies are the Lords temple, He gave them to us.I personally do not think it is very nice to trash a gift from anyone but especially God. So I am going to have to cut down on the sweets consumption, and maybe go to the gym occasionally. It also means that I need to stop pulling all nighters which plays back into my time management. If I work diligently through out the day I should still have time for friends, the gym and sleep.
- my involvement: this is sort of redundant with time and relationships but it also covers what I chose to do outside of go to class. I want to be intentional with where God wants to use me. I have to listen and figure that out still but I know that I can not be involved with everything like I usually attempt (and always fail) to do.
This is a pretty heavy and challenging list but I can not wait to see what this intentional year has in store for me!