Each year I usually make a list of New Year resolutions which look and sound fabulous all beautifully written out on a piece of paper. Full of hope and fresh inspiration, I start out to achieve these new goals. I am a firm believer in setting goals to bring about growth however sometimes my list seems too much, overwhelming and too difficult to achieve.
This year I have decided to set a more achievable goal. I first read about choosing one word for the year recently on the in-courage me blog. You can check it out here: The Joy of Choosing One Word for the Year. In choosing one word for the year it sums up simply who I want to be and what I want to focus on.
This year I have chosen the word purposeful.
Purposeful means ‘having clear aim or purpose’. After brainstorming all the things I want to work on and develop in myself this word stood out as the one which tied them all together. I want to be purposeful in the way I develop meaningful connections with others. I want to make purposeful choices about what I invest my time in, celebrating the simple moments by slowing down and being present rather than rushing and constantly being ‘busy’. I want to focus on being authentic and real which comes from a deeper understanding of my purpose in God and understanding my gifts and personal area of influence. I want to be purposeful in how I care for myself and those around me.
These verses sum up what I want 2016 to be about…
Place Your Life Before God
12 1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
Romans 12:1-2 (MSG)
I plan to add the word purposeful into my ordinary, everyday life. Seasoning my moments with purposeful choices, being sure of the assignment before me and completing that as best I can, full of purpose.