At Christmas I went searching for a Christmas ornament for my tree, something to look back and remember 2010 by. I finally found a small wooden ornament with the word "HOPE" emblazoned in it.
In 2010 I let go of my dream of fostering and put my mom in a nursing home. By the end of the year I just wanted hope, something to hold onto. I ended the year tired, hurting, and pathetically lamenting on verses like "Without a vision the people perish" while I whined about how weird it felt to not have something to do with fostering in my line of goals.
I brought in the new year in an unusual way.. to prevent a general outcry from those that don't know me well enough I won't say "what" exactly that unusual way was but in that weekend I found a strength in myself that I am still embracing.
The past is the past. The future is ahead. I'm responsible for the present.
What I know I need to do, I'm attacking and simply doing. Regardless of fear, regardless of that lazy feeling you usually get 2 seconds after you walk in the door from work and sit down.
The word for 2011 is PURPOSE.
I have purpose today.
My goals aren't to lose weight, or to enjoy life more; it's not to get organized or go back to school. I don't desire to quit smoking or drinking (since I do neither), or begin volunteering, or even break a bad habit.
This year, I purpose to chase after God.
This year, I purpose to chase wisdom.
This year, I purpose to live with purpose.
It's as though I woke up this year and took off. Words like "chasing" and "purpose" and "driven" feel appropriate.
I'm tasting, just a taste, of the joy I lost over the last year.
I've never had a year begin so.... intensely.
I'm curious do you have a word for your year?