For the past two years, I’ve picked a word that would define the year and that I believed God would want me to prioritize. In 2014, my word was grow. 2015 was focus. This year, there were a few I was trying to decide on. What was it that 2016 was supposed to be about? What did God desire for me to focus on this year?
As I reflect on the past year, it was such a great year. It was easily the best year of my life. The problem is that some of it felt a bit like a blur—as if it were rushed through. This isn’t hard for me to do—naturally, I’m both a futuristic planner and a bit anxiety-prone, so when you bottle those two up and shake them together the result often turns into emotional vertigo.
So for 2016, I’ve decided to choose PRESENT as my word for the year.
I want to live life as it’s happening and not be so concerned about the past or the future. I want to embrace the beauty in mundane, and pay attention to what God is doing every day. I want to live every ordinary day as if it were extraordinary, because it is.
The other side to being present is spending less time on social media and more time engaged in my life and with my people. So, for the first three weeks of the year I’m going to take a break from it, which will certainly be difficult, but certainly rewarding as well.
Here’s to 2016, friends!
“What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”
—Matthew 6:31-34 MSG