2018? Is that you already!? I’m not sure why I get so surprised when the year changes every 12 months. You would think after almost 23 years of life, I would be used to it by now. Every time the autumn season graces us with its presence, I get way too giddy when I see the first tangerine-colored leaf fall from a tree. But… when the New Year rolls around, usually I’m not as giddy. Often times, I panic, because I don’t have realistic resolutions made. The change in year can often put a lot of pressure on people to make changes- changes to themselves that they really have no intention of sticking with. I’m totally guilty of setting unrealistic expectations for myself and never keeping them.
I want this New Year to be different. 2017 was a hard year for me in some ways, but in others, I grew so much as a person. Continuing this growth is my number one goal for myself this year. I decided to do something I never do, and that’s pick a word, just one word, to reflect on and to guide my year. I’ve seen people of all ages and backgrounds adopt this practice and it’s been something I’ve wanted to do for a while. If you want to do the same and still can’t think of a word you want to use to guide your year, you can borrow mine. I don’t mind. 😉
I chose the word, “EMBRACE” for 2018. Some dictionary definitions for this word include, “To take or clasp in the arms,” “To take or receive gladly, accept willingly,” and “To include.”
The word can be defined various ways, but at it’s core, embracing what life throws at us, good and not so good, will bring us closer to Christ and closer to the person we want to be. I’m not going to lie. In the past, I have been reluctant to change if it’s not something that affects me in a positive way. I don’t want to be like that any more. This year, I choose to embrace change.
I also choose to embrace others. Looking for more opportunities to serve others, loving people in my life that I don’t always see eye to eye with, and taking a leap of faith in getting to know special new people are things that I am going to strive my hardest to do.
I finally choose to embrace the gift. I’ve been given a lot of great gifts throughout my life, but the greatest one would be the love that God freely offers to me and all of us through His Son. I choose to embrace this love, grow in my walk, and cling to the gift tighter than ever before.
What’s your word of the year? You don’t have to have one to be a good person, but it never hurts to start with something small, like a single word, that can bring about a lot of positivity and joy if we choose to be open, consistent, and embrace what this life will bring. I’m ready for ya, 2018! Are you?