I’ve been seeing a lot of people claiming their words for 2018. I’ve been considering mine since the new year began, but couldn’t quite decide on what I wanted to focus on for this year. In the past, I’ve not been very intentional about this kind of thing, striving to simply put a few words into practice throughout the year.
I thought about using “intentional” which seems to be the way I want to live my life. I also considered “encouragement” but I’ve used that organically for a few years now. Then, while I was walking on my treadmill today, putting one foot in front of the other, it came to me.
I realized that what I truly want out of this year is to live a consistent life. Consistent can mean little things like walking on the treadmill every day, reading my Bible every day and finding time with my husband every day. But I want it to be even more than those consistent things.
- I want to consistently seek out God
- I want to consistently encourage others
- I want to consistently find joy
- I want to consistently be investing in myself and my business
- I want to consistently be intentional about everything I say and do so that others who see me, talk to me or read my words will know, without a doubt, who I am and what I believe (and put into action! See my last post about that!)
I want to be and be seen as a person who has one path and is following it with consistency. Because, after all, isn’t this whole “pick a word” idea about trying to be a better person? Don’t we do this at the beginning of every new year in order to “find ourselves” or to strive to be better – whether it be in our business, our relationships or within ourselves?
In the past, I’ve not been consistent. I am someone who often can be led astray by my heart and my emotions. The heart is not always a good judge of character, by the way. It is a fickle little organ. What the heart wants one moment could be the exact opposite of what it wants the next. Emotions can cloud our thinking and cause us to make some really dumb choices. Emotions have caused me to be angry, have instilled bitterness in my soul and have led me down some really dark paths.
But no more.
Emotions will not lead me astray this year. I believe being consistent with all my goals – both large and small – will help me to control my emotions in a more suitable, Christ-centered way.
Consistency to my (and God’s) objectives is the key.
I pray you will help me along this journey this year and I’d love to know your word and how you plan on adhering to it this year so I can pray for you too!