This is the year…

We’re already a week into the new year and I am still trying to wrap my head around the fact another year has come and gone. I don’t understand how time seems to maintain two polar speeds, simultaneously. It flies by, yet moves at a snail’s pace. I wonder where it went while also wondering how much longer until the next thing…

I haven’t had to write any checks yet, so I haven’t messed up on the date, though I’m sure it’s coming. No matter how many scribbles I draw through a wrong date or how confused I am over the speed at which time does or doesn’t pass, there is no denying we are in a new year.

So! Here’s to…..well, here’s to what?

This isthe Year

This is the year. Of course there’s no guarantee on time. I can’t say anything or claim anything with absolute certainty. I might meet my end before I can even hit the publish button on this post. I won’t let that limit my dreaming, though.

It’s important to look forward. To have vision. To plan. It’s important to know what you’re working toward and to motivate yourself to make that work worthwhile. If you believe, as I do, we serve the God of life ~ not just because He put air in our lungs and a beat in our chest, but because He sent His Son to free us from the penalty of sin so we might know and embrace LIVING ~ give yourself the freedom to dream. If the joy of the Lord is your strength, then embrace that joy. Live it. Live. Dream. Plan. Look forward.

This is the year I’ll dream. This is the year I’ll allow myself to trust God has more in mind for me than what I’m doing. (Proverbs 29:18) This is the year I’ll trust Him to take the next step, no matter how far away it is from the step I’m currently standing on. This is the year I’ll follow His call.

This is the year I’ll lean not on my own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5) This is the year I won’t limit myself, and in that same vein, limit what God is trying to do. This is the year I’ll be his child instead of his warden. (Matthew 18:3) This is the year I’ll seek Him first instead of seeking reasons to explain why it won’t. Or can’t. Or shouldn’t. (Matthew 6:33) This is the year I’ll open the door when He knocks. (Revelation 3:20)

This is the year I’ll trust His timing, no matter how long it takes. (2 Peter 3:8) This is the year I’ll remember what great things He has done for me. (1 Samuel 12:24) This is the year I’ll be a better neighbor. Citizen. Person. (Matthew 22:36-40)

This is the year.

This is the year I live for Him, rather than in spite of Him. This is the year I embrace who I was created to be rather than chase an image I was never meant for. This is the year I shed pounds and pounds and pounds of needless weight I’ve been carrying for years, placed on my shoulders as the burdens I refuse to lay down. This is the year I live for the right now, rather than for the worry of the what was.

I don’t know what this year has in store for you. I don’t know what you’re trying to overcome from last year. Or years long past. But I do know this can be your year, too. This can be the year.

This can be the year you do what you’ve always dreamed of. This can be the year you lose weight – and not necessarily from the spare tire around your waist, but from the burden(s) you carry. Unforgiveness. Doubt. Self-condemnation.

This can be the year you become free.

This is the year for me. Will it be your year, too?