I’ve never chosen a word for the upcoming year – as a matter of fact, I’m pretty new to goal-setting in general! As I began to think back over 2017, I realized that even though I didn’t assign a word for the year, last year’s word was grace. I learned so much about grace as I received it in abundance from my Heavenly Father and as I learned to extend it to others in return. There were quite a few days last year that I spent in survival mode, just going about the tasks necessary to keep my household, job and life going. I found a lot of peace and comfort in those basic tasks!
As I thought about my goals for 2018, one word kept coming to my mind – GROW. I don’t want to be the same person I was at the start of 2017. I don’t want to say, “Whew! We made it through 2017, so now we can get back to the way things were!” I want to leave the hard times in the past but carry with me the things that God graciously and lovingly taught me. This passage came to my mind as I was thinking about moving on:
“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:12-14
Paul and I have already created a list of things we want to accomplish this year as a couple – from books we want to read to ways we want to serve and even the atmosphere we want to create in our home. These goals will stretch us, and the word GROW seems fitting for those goals as well as for the ones I have in mind for myself.
I’ll share my goals for 2018 later on this month once I’ve lived with them for a while. Until then, I hope to encourage you with my word for 2018. Is there something you need to leave in the past so you can press on toward the goal (which happens to be Christlikeness)?
Do you choose a word for the year? If so, I’d love to know what your word is for 2018! Leave me a comment and tell me about it!