“It’s easy to confuse a lot of activity with a purposeful life. Do what lasts; let the rest fall away.” – Bob Goff
I love the beginning of a new year. For me, it’s a sacred time to take stock of the year behind and be intentional about the one to come. This New Year’s was special and I’m grateful for the quietness after the holidays to do just that.
Here’s a few things that I’m doing to help start 2017 off on the right foot.
- Create a Vision Board for 2017. Think through all the major areas of your life and consider something you want to work on in each area: spiritual, physical, financial, relational, personal goals. Let it be a fun process, not something to stress about. Just something to think through the different areas of your life.
- Begin a Daily Planner. Work through your personal calendar and mark out the major events. Use this time to pray through ongoing commitments, ways to be intentional with your spouse, friends or those you want to reach out to.
- Take a day to spend with God in careful consideration of the past year. Let God wash over you and show you His presence in your storms. And ponder what He taught you.
- Pick a WORD for the year. Use it as a barometer as you go to focus on in 2017. This can be a fun way to stay in tune with your initial vision for the year by remembering and focusing on just a simple word of inspiration.
And for all of that planning and dreaming, I know a somber secret…
We don’t get to control many of the circumstances that will come in the new year. Many things will come in 2017 that were not planned or wanted. Other things will knock my socks off with their sweetness.
But that’s not what this is brief pause is about.
If I can intentionally seek to see God in my calendars, relationships, finances and future plans (whether I anticipate them at this very moment or not) then I’m going to be ok. More than anything… I think ushering in the New Year just provides a chance to touch base with God and relax, knowing that He is ultimately in control.
And that’s why I love the start of a new year.
Step by Step,