Every January 1 I choose a new theme that I use to make decisions and inspire me throughout the 365 days that follow. I do it as a simple hashtag that is easy to remember, because why make it complicated? In 2016 it was #unafraid, and I seriously stepped outside my comfort zone that year. 2017 was #givelove, reminding me to curb my anger and give more to others. Unlike resolutions, I don’t measure success or failure in the same way, but I allow the theme to guide me. So 2018 will have a new theme:
Seems odd for a woman who talks about loving Jesus all the time, right? Well, this theme isn’t just about loving God. It’s about trusting Him in a serious way. I struggle often with actually handing over the reins of my life to God. I say I trust Him, and I do, but not enough to give up all the control. Like walking a tightrope with a harness, even though I know the net is below. This year I need to work on having faith in God to move in my life and to be open to moving in His direction—even when it seems counterintuitive.
Faith in God isn’t the only area this applies to, though. I also know I struggle with my faith in people. I am a skeptical person who doesn’t always have faith in others. This year I need to have faith in others, too.
And finally, I need to have faith in myself. I need to be less humble about my accomplishments and embrace my successes. A friend of mine calls me out on my self-deprecation all the time. he reminds me that, while it seems humble, you can start to believe in the diminishing words you use to avoid sounding like you’re boasting.
in the end, #faith seemed like the appropriate choice for my 2018. What do you see for yourself this next year?
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