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: