Happy 2016 my bloggy friends! Is anyone else in sheer disbelief that Y2K was 16 years ago? How about the fact that ‘N Sync made their debut 21 years ago? Wow I don’t know why I just documented that, now I really feel OLD. Holy cow, so the One Word resolution idea seems to have taken flight over the last year and so many people are making new years resolutions with their one word to live by in the new year. Well, since I’m so ahead of the trends (insert sarcasm here) I’m going to introduce my second annual One Word resolution for the new year.
2015 was a horrible, earth-shattering, life altering, exciting year. When I reflect on how many crazy life changes I’ve had, I don’t know how I’ve managed to keep my head on straight… IS my head on straight? You can be the judge. Throughout the year I’ve really tried to focus on digging deep in to the Word and strengthening my relationship with my Heavenly Father. I’ve chipped away at progress, but would, by no means, brag about the short strides I’ve made. One thing that 2015 taught me is that I am not in control of this crazy life. I make my own decisions, yes. But the pilot of this plane isn’t me. I don’t call the shots, and that is truly a good thing whether I choose to see it that way or not. Whether I kick and scream or willingly submit, God’s plan for my life will trump any desire of my flawed, selfish heart.
I just finished reading an amazing novel called Anything by Jennie Allen and it was such a lesson in what it looks like to Trust God and truly hand him the reigns on your life. What kinds of exciting, life changing, fantastic things could He do if we just completely gave him control? Being that I’m such a planner by nature that is a scary thought to me. To acknowledge that my plans are always plan B and that plan A never fails, so you never need a plan B – now that’s my scary place.
So without further adieu, my word for the new year: Trust. I need more of this in all areas of my life so I’m going to allow God to take this as far and wide and crazy as he can. But at the end of 2016 I want to say that I’ve learned how to trust God more with my life and with “my” plans. Whatever that means for me, may I trust Him instead of resisting His will for my life.
It’s funny that I think he started putting this word in to my head in June when we first visited a church in our soon-to-be new home of Atlanta. We toured the nursery and the woman touring us around told us how that week the kids were learning about Abraham and how he had been asked by God to move his family and Abraham trusted God and moved. If that wasn’t a timely message directly from God to our family, I don’t know what it was. Moving to Atlanta wasn’t easy, it still isn’t easy… but what if in 2016 I learn how to trust God with it even if it is only a few more months here? I love to think about how that would change my life for the better.
Psalm 37:5-6 says “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.” That verse seems like reason enough to learn how to trust Him better, so that’s what my hope and desire is for this 2016. I realize this could make my roller coaster a little bit longer, the depths a little bit deeper and the peaks a little bit higher… and I can’t even say that I’m truly “ready” for that yet. But with my hearts desire, here’s my life, Lord. Now, help me learn how to truly give you the reigns.
I hope you have a word for the new year. Feel free to share it with me! I would love to hear it and partner with you as we see where 2016 takes us!
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