With every day that dawns the opportunity to embrace and appreciate the start of something new is offered to us. Yet there is something about crossing over into a brand new year that points the hearts and minds of individuals to dreaming and believing in the possibilities. Yeah it’s the season we dust off our exercise gear, pull out our resolutions to do better and be better all because the old stuff of last season is behind us and this year we don’t have to be plagued by last year’s reality. This year the possibilities for something new exists.
Yet we all know what can happen when we get down in the thick of things come mid year. Like everyone else I’m hopeful this time of year but I also find myself cautious and contemplating about how to keep the momentum and motivation that comes along with the turn of a new year. You see there are some things that has been playing on repeat year after year and I need that cycle to change for real.
One of things I came to discover through blogland is that many people often adopt one-word for the year. As I was driving home one afternoon I was thinking about this practice. I have never done it before and had no intention of doing it either but no sooner than the thought of it not being my type of thing the oddest word was impressed in my thoughts.
What’s the word you ask? You did ask didn’t you?
P R E S S
Yes, I know “press”. So not a word I would have picked for myself especially for my first time choosing a one word focus.
Did your mind immediately switch to negative mode like mind did when you heard it? Negative-ville is exactly where I visited when I heard “press”. The word makes me think of hard or difficult. That’s not the thoughts I want to welcome in the new year. I didn’t find it particularly inspiring at first glance.
So I did a little further investigation of my word by looking up the definition and Bible passages that contain the word. These are the ones that stood out.
to act upon through steady pushing or thrusting force exerted in contact, to follow through (a course of action)
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Phil 3:14
I want to have steady steps that complete courses of actions.
So here’s to discovering what 2015 has in store as more of this word unfolds in my life.
How about you did you select a word or did a word find you this year?