There is something so exhilarating about the start of a New Year.
It feels fresh, untainted, and full of possibilities. Each year I look forward to the new year with optimism and hope in my heart.
This year is no different. I am doing similar activities in preparation and reflection as the calendar leaves 2016 and enters 2017. I got a beautiful new planner, I took some intentional time yesterday to break out my variety of journals, and I set new goals. Paul and I made a list recapping 2016 in our “Vision Journal” and then made a list of our collective New Year’s Goals for 2017. I spent time with the Lord and prayed through a “word” for this coming year. I set a few fitness goals and connected with my sister in law to keep me accountable as we delve into a reading challenge.
While the activities feel similar, there is a noticeable difference in my heart. I’m hungrier than in years past. I want more. My goals and vision this year feel weightier, that what I decide to pursue has the potential to have an impact larger than I can imagine. There is a compulsion deep inside me yearning to step out. I feel a stronger conviction to take bold action and to dream bigger.
God has been working on my heart in the last several months, challenging me, unsettling me, prodding me. I am unsure of the destination or even the course, but in 2017 I am choosing to take the next step. It seems only fitting that I feel like the word God gave me for this next year I’m embarking on is brave.
So with that friends, I am committed to be brave.
I don’t know how being brave will play out. But I have a feeling it is going to be a daily decision to say yes to the unknown, scary, new, and purpose while simultaneously saying no to fear, despair, doubt, and stagnancy.
Here’s to 2017 and all that it holds, friends. I encourage you to ask God for a word for yourself this year. It has been INCREDIBLY impactful for me in other years to have a word to hold onto as I walked through the year. I shared a bit of that story on the Mercy Multiplied Podcast MercyTalk this past week. Check it out!
I love you all and know God has good in store for you this year!