New Year, New Word

Here we are again, on the cusp of another New Year. Now is when you we take inventory of our lives.  What did we accomplish in 2019? What did we fail at? What happened that we never expected?  Is everything completely different? Is everything exactly the same? What are your goals for 2020?

The endless questions we ask ourselves as we crossover to a new year can cause a spectrum of emotions. Some are excited about the possibilities of a new year, and a new decade. Others are afraid to leave behind what was. And still some find themselves burning with a desire for forward progression and no idea how to accomplish their dreams.

For several years now, I have started the New Year with a list of goals, scriptures and prayers written out for the upcoming year. I set goals for every area of my life: relationships, work, spiritually, financially. Then I find a word/scripture that encompasses all of them..

This year my word is trust.

My biggest goal is in 2020 is learning to trust God fully and completely.  I had told a few of my friends that I felt like internally and spiritually I had changed so much. But if you were to take an inventory of my life so much of everything looks the same. Same job. Some house. Same marital status. So much of my 2019 was exactly the same as my 2018. I am ready for a physical manifestation of the growth I had felt internally.

I was reading in the book of Joshua at the begging of December.  For those of you who are unfamiliar, Joshua was Moses successor. It was he who led the Israelites into the Promise Land. At the end of the book, Joshua is speaking to the third generation of Israelites (the grandchildren of those who had fled from Egypt). God is speaking through Joshua and reminds the Israelites of all the great things He has done. “So I gave you a land on which you did not toil and cities you did not build; and you live in them and eat from vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant.’ (Joshua 24:13)”

As soon as I read that verse, I knew it was for me. God was telling me that I was still in the wilderness. The place the Israelites spent for 40 years on a journey that should have taken about a month’s time. They passed the same places. Ate the same things.  I am  in my wilderness ready to crossover to a place that has already been toiled and built just for me. I just had to learn to trust Him. What He showed me is that faith is believing God can and trust is believing God will. Be obedient and trust Him. That’s it. So my verse for 2020 is:

Psalm 37:5

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will act

I have created a new budget. Resurrected my old fitness/nutrition plan. Made a timeline for my educational goals. Started the process to serve in a new way at church. Now I just have to trust that I will crossover into the Promise Land.

I encourage all for you to do the same as we transition into a new year. Write your goals. Create action plans. Find out what God is saying to you in 2020. And GO FOR IT!

If writing out your goals so clear intimidates you, if you are worried that failure to meet them will discourage you rather than drive you, let me just encourage you. In all the years I have been doing this, I end every year with several boxes unchecked. So give yourself some grace and don’t let it stop you from trying. And remember, God still provided for the Israelites in the wilderness even when everything was exactly the same.

See you in the New Decade!


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