Word for the Year 2015: Thrive
Like many people, I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions. I’m all about looking ahead and making positive changes in my life, but I’ve never found (personally) that making resolutions for the new year works well. Last year and the year before, I created a word (or words) picture to mindfully consider each day of the year instead. Two years ago, my words were Be Thou My Vision—God as my everything, to guide me in every breath I breathe and every step I take. Last year I was facing a potentially significant health issue at the start of the new year, so my word for the year was Unafraid.
This year, my word is “Thrive.” Last year was busy for me. My business was growing exponentially, I had gone back to school, I was finishing a novel and preparing it for submission to agents, and then I had all the usual mom/wife responsibilities of caring for my family and home. Many days the busyness seemed almost overwhelming. I felt like I was simply surviving life instead of really living it. But Christ came that we may have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10).
As the year wound down, I found myself thinking about my word for 2015. What did I want to really focus on? Of the different words that I considered, Thrive really spoke to me. We only get one life to live here on Earth, and I don’t want to feel like I’m merely surviving it day to day. I want to make a difference in others’ lives—through my writing, through my editing business, in my everyday life, and in ministries at my church. I want to thrive as the person my Father’s made me to be.
So . . . Thrive. God did some truly awesome things in my life in 2014, and I’m looking forward to 2015. With my schooling now complete, I’ll have more time to devote to other things, and I can’t wait to see what he will do in my life and through my life in the coming year!
What are your thoughts on resolutions? If you chose a word for the year for 2015, what would it be? Why?