A new year. New possibilities. Blank pages of potential. That is how I am viewing 2019.
The last three years have been… Challenging. Difficult. Rough. As each year faded into the next it seriously seemed as the next looked at the last and said: “That’s all you’ve got? Hold my sweet tea.” I cannot think of a single area of life that has not met with not just a challenge, but defining, gut-wrenching moments. Hence part of the reason there has been little activity here on the blog.
Many choose a word to focus on for the new year. I really couldn’t think of a word but more of an attitude, a spirit and mind check that is desperately needed right now.
That is my thought for the year.
Some of the difficult things were completely out of my control. Some of the challenging things were due to the actions (or inaction) of others. And other situations were purely because of me. Wrong choices. People-pleasing. Lack of self-care. Yes, Scripture teaches to esteem others better than yourself. This is where we get the J-O-Y acronym: Jesus, Others, You. However, I am beginning to see that we can grossly allow this to become wrong thinking (or a spiritual badge of honor) when we allow it to become out of balance.
So, this year my hope, my prayer is to BE STILL.
BE STILL to hear God speak to me.
BE STILL to choose the “best yes” by learning to say “no”.
BE STILL to focus on: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. (Jeremiah 29:11)
BE STILL to follow God’s will, His plans, His calling for me.
BE STILL to eschew those things that prevent following Him, His plans, His calling for me.
BE STILL to identify what is truly needful, what truly needs my attention and help. Not every crisis is mine to avert, to attend to. Not every need is mine to fill. Not every responsibility is mine to take on.
I am not naive to believe that this attitude adjustment is going to cause everything to run smoothly. To reverse all the challenges from the past three years. Many of the challenges are still present and will be for some time. Some of them can be improved. Others can be eliminated. All in all though my prayer is that my attitude, my mind, my spirit will be renewed, calmed, and joyful as I see how God will write the pages of 2019.